- a secret process, technique, method, etc., used to advantage in a trade, business, profession, etc.
Origin of trade secret
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for trade secret
A more or less successful imitation of Trappist Tamie, a trade-secret triumph of Savoy.The Complete Book of Cheese
Robert Carlton Brown
- a secret formula, technique, process, etc, known and used to advantage by only one manufacturer