trade secret

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noun
  1. a secret process, technique, method, etc., used to advantage in a trade, business, profession, etc.

Origin of trade secret

1
First recorded in 1900–05

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How to use trade secret in a sentence

  • The composition of this sauce is a trade secret, but a variety of similar sauces are found on the market.

  • Its composition is a trade secret, but its chief ingredient is rubber.

  • He merely kept his trade secret, because he had to keep his tricks secret, like any other conjurer.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown | G. K. Chesterton
  • This was a wonderful discovery, and was preserved as a trade secret for a long time.

    Inventions in the Century | William Henry Doolittle
  • But whether I practice Yoga, Dianetics, or write the lines on a sugarcoated pill and swallow it is my trade secret.

    The Fourth R | George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for trade secret

trade secret

noun
  1. a secret formula, technique, process, etc, known and used to advantage by only one manufacturer

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