trade secret


noun

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

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Origin of trade secret

First recorded in 1900–05
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Example sentences from the Web for trade secret

  • A more or less successful imitation of Trappist Tamie, a trade-secret triumph of Savoy.

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British Dictionary definitions for trade secret

trade secret

noun

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