What does secret mean?

Definitions for secretˈsi krɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word secret.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. secret(noun)

    something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on)

    "the combination to the safe was a secret"; "he tried to keep his drinking a secret"

  2. secret, arcanum(noun)

    information known only to a special group

    "the secret of Cajun cooking"

  3. mystery, enigma, secret, closed book(adj)

    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

    "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"

  4. secret(adj)

    not open or public; kept private or not revealed

    "a secret formula"; "secret ingredients"; "secret talks"

  5. clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner(a), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground(adj)

    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

    "clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops"; "an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance"

  6. unavowed, secret(adj)

    not openly made known

    "a secret marriage"; "a secret bride"

  7. secret(adj)

    communicated covertly

    "their secret signal was a wink"; "secret messages"

  8. secret, private(adj)

    not expressed

    "secret (or private) thoughts"

  9. hidden, secret(adj)

    designed to elude detection

    "a hidden room or place of concealment such as a priest hole"; "a secret passage"; "the secret compartment in the desk"

  10. privy, secluded, secret(adj)

    hidden from general view or use

    "a privy place to rest and think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden"

  11. confidential, secret(adj)

    (of information) given in confidence or in secret

    "this arrangement must be kept confidential"; "their secret communications"

  12. secret(adj)

    indulging only covertly

    "a secret alcoholic"

  13. mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, secret, orphic(adj)

    having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

    "mysterious symbols"; "the mystical style of Blake"; "occult lore"; "the secret learning of the ancients"

  14. secret(adj)

    the next to highest level of official classification for documents

Wiktionary

  1. secret(Noun)

    Knowledge that is hidden and intended to be kept hidden.

    Can you keep a secret? So can I.

  2. secret(Verb)

    To make or keep secret.

  3. secret(Adjective)

    Being or kept hidden.

    We went down a secret passage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secret(adj)

    hidden; concealed; as, secret treasure; secret plans; a secret vow

  2. Secret(adj)

    withdraw from general intercourse or notice; in retirement or secrecy; secluded

  3. Secret(adj)

    faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive

  4. Secret(adj)

    separate; distinct

  5. Secret(adj)

    something studiously concealed; a thing kept from general knowledge; what is not revealed, or not to be revealed

  6. Secret(adj)

    a thing not discovered; what is unknown or unexplained; a mystery

  7. Secret(adj)

    the parts which modesty and propriety require to be concealed; the genital organs

  8. Secret(verb)

    to keep secret

  9. Origin: [F. secret (cf. Pr. secret, Sp. & Pg. secreto, It. secreto, segreto), from L. secretum. See Secret, a.]

Freebase

  1. Secret

    Secret is the eighth studio album by Japanese pop singer-songwriter Ayumi Hamasaki, released by Avex Trax on November 29, 2006 in Japan. The album was successful on many charts across Asia and has gone triple platinum in Japan. Secret received an "Album of the Year" award at the Japan Gold Disc Awards and its title track received the award for "Japanese Song of the Year" at the RTHK International awards at Hong Kong. It became the 22nd best selling album of 2006 according to the Oricon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Secret

    sē′kret, adj. concealed from notice: removed from sight: unrevealed: hidden: secluded: retired: private: keeping secrets: reserved.—n. that which is concealed: anything unrevealed or unknown: privacy: the key or principle by which something is made clear: a form of steel skull-cap: one of the prayers in the Mass, immediately following the 'Orate, fratres,' said inaudibly by the celebrant: (pl.) any prayers said secretly and not aloud: the parts of the body which are concealed.—ns. Sē′crecy, the state of being secret: separation: concealment: retirement: privacy: fidelity to a secret: the keeping of secrets; Sē′cretage, a process in dressing furs.—adj. Sē′cret-false (Shak.), secretly false, while apparently sincere.—adv. Sē′cretly, in a secret manner: privately: unknown to others: inwardly.—n. Sē′cretness, the state of being secret.—Secret service, a department of government service.—Open secret, a secret which all may inquire into. [Fr.,—L. secretussecernĕre, secretumse-, apart, cernĕre, to separate.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. secret

    1. A thing we give to others to keep for us. 2. Something known only to a few.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. secret

    See security classification.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secret' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2802

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secret' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4670

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secret' in Nouns Frequency: #1226

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secret' in Adjectives Frequency: #379

Anagrams for secret »

  1. certes, erects, resect, terces

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of secret in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of secret in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sam Smith:

    This has been a top secret mission of my own trying to keep it a secret.

  2. Andrew Napolitano:

    If somebody removed the top secret terminology on it, that person committed a felony, but she is presumed to know what is top secret, whether it is stamped top secret or not.

  3. Benjamin Haydon:

    Men who have reached and passed forty-five, have a look as if waiting for the secret of the other world, and as if they were perfectly sure of having found out the secret of this.

  4. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie:

    I think the VA is in the lead on treatment of PTSD. Are they doing as much as they could be? It's no secret that the VA is an overwhelmed system, and it's no secret to anybody that the VA can't handle it all.

  5. Erma Bombeck:

    People are always asking couples whose marriage has endured at least a quarter of a century for their secret for success. Actually, it is no secret at all. I am a forgiving woman. Long ago, I forgave my husband for not being Paul Newman.

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