Definition of Secret

1. Noun. Something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on). "He tried to keep his drinking a secret"

Generic synonyms: Info, Information
Specialized synonyms: Confidence, Open Secret, Trade Secret

2. Adjective. Not open or public; kept private or not revealed. "Secret talks"
Similar to: Concealed

3. Noun. Information known only to a special group. "The secret of Cajun cooking"
Exact synonyms: Arcanum
Generic synonyms: Info, Information
Specialized synonyms: Esoterica, Cabala, Cabbala, Cabbalah, Kabala, Kabbala, Kabbalah, Qabala, Qabalah, Countersign, Parole, Password, Watchword, Word

4. Adjective. Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods. "Underground resistance"

5. Noun. Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained. "It remains one of nature's secrets"
Exact synonyms: Closed Book, Enigma, Mystery
Generic synonyms: Perplexity
Derivative terms: Enigmatic, Enigmatic, Enigmatical, Mysterious, Mysterious, Mystify, Mystify

6. Adjective. Not openly made known. "A secret bride"
Exact synonyms: Unavowed
Similar to: Unacknowledged

7. Adjective. Communicated covertly. "Secret messages"
Similar to: Covert

8. Adjective. Not expressed. "Secret (or private) thoughts"
Exact synonyms: Private
Similar to: Inward
Derivative terms: Privateness

9. Adjective. Designed to elude detection. "The secret compartment in the desk"
Exact synonyms: Hidden
Similar to: Concealed

10. Adjective. Hidden from general view or use. "A secret garden"
Exact synonyms: Privy, Secluded
Similar to: Private

11. Adjective. (of information) given in confidence or in secret. "Their secret communications"
Exact synonyms: Confidential
Similar to: Private
Derivative terms: Confidence, Confidentiality

12. Adjective. Indulging only covertly. "A secret alcoholic"
Similar to: Covert

13. Adjective. Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding. "The secret learning of the ancients"
Exact synonyms: Mysterious, Mystic, Mystical, Occult, Orphic
Similar to: Esoteric
Derivative terms: Mystery, Mystic, Mystic, Occult, Occult

14. Adjective. The next to highest level of official classification for documents.
Similar to: Classified

Definition of Secret

1. a. Hidden; concealed; as, secret treasure; secret plans; a secret vow.

2. n. Something studiously concealed; a thing kept from general knowledge; what is not revealed, or not to be revealed.

3. v. t. To keep secret.

Definition of Secret

1. Noun. Knowledge that is hidden and intended to be kept hidden. (defdate from later 14th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. Being or kept hidden. (defdate from late 14th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To make or keep secret. (defdate from late 16th c.) ¹

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Definition of Secret

1. kept from knowledge or view [adj -CRETER, -CRETEST] / something kept from the knowledge of others [n -S]

Medical Definition of Secret

1. 1. Hidden; concealed; as, secret treasure; secret plans; a secret vow. "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us." (Deut. Xxix. 29) 2. Withdraw from general intercourse or notice; in retirement or secrecy; secluded. "There, secret in her sapphire cell, He with the Nais wont to dwell." (Fenton) 3. Faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive. "Secret Romans, that have spoke the word, And will not palter." (Shak) 4. Separate; distinct. "They suppose two other divine hypostases superior thereunto, which were perfectly secret from matter." (Cudworth) Synonym: Hidden, concealed, secluded, retired, unseen, unknown, private, obscure, recondite, latent, covert, clandestine, privy. See Hidden. Origin: F. Secret (cf. Sp.& Pg. Secreto, It. Secreto, segreto), fr. L. Secretus, p.p. Of secrernere to put apart, to separate. See Certain, and cf. Secrete, Secern. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Secret

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secret Santa
secret Santas
secret admirer
secret admirers
secret agent
secret agents
secret approval
secret ballot
secret code
secret of Polichinelle
secret plan
secret police
secret service

Literary usage of Secret

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law of Unfair Business Competition: Including Chapters on Trade Secrets by Harry Dwight Nims (1909)
"The assignment of a trade secret carries the right to protect it, by preventing ... This because title to a trade secret, though 'dishonestly obtained, ..."

2. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"secret search among the hidden treasures of silver-land was the nearest to unmarred ecstasy. It was a delirious revel. By and by, in the bed of a shallow ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"During the Civil War period he was\ employed in the United States secret Service and afterward entered his father's office. On the death of his father, ..."

4. Woodrow Wilson and World Settlement by Ray Stannard Baker (1922)
"Minutes of the secret Conference of the Four Heads of States on March 20,, relative to the partition of Turkey under the secret agreements of and. ..."

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