What does Secret mean?

Definitions for Secret
ˈsi krɪtse·cret

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. secretnoun

    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, arcanumnoun

    information known only to a special group

    "the secret of Cajun cooking"

  3. mystery, enigma, secret, closed bookadjective

    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

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

  4. secretadjective

    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, undergroundadjective

    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, secretadjective

    not openly made known

    "a secret marriage"; "a secret bride"

  7. secretadjective

    communicated covertly

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

  8. secret, privateadjective

    not expressed

    "secret (or private) thoughts"

  9. hidden, secretadjective

    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, secretadjective

    hidden from general view or use

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

  11. confidential, secretadjective

    (of information) given in confidence or in secret

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

  12. secretadjective

    indulging only covertly

    "a secret alcoholic"

  13. mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, secret, orphicadjective

    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. secretadjective

    the next to highest level of official classification for documents


  1. secretnoun

    Knowledge that is hidden and intended to be kept hidden.

    Can you keep a secret? So can I.

  2. secretverb

    To make or keep secret.

  3. secretadjective

    Being or kept hidden.

    We went down a secret passage.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SECRETadjective

    Etymology: secret, French; secretus, Latin.

    The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us. Deutr. xxix. 29.

    Thou open’st wisdom’s way,
    And giv’st access, though secret she retire:
    And I perhaps am secret. John Milton.

    Secret Romans, that have spoke the word,
    And will not palter? William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

  2. Secretnoun

    Etymology: secret, French; secretum, Latin.

    Infected minds
    To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets. William Shakespeare.

    There is no secret that they can hide from thee. Ezek. xxviii.

    We not to explore the secrets ask
    Of his eternal empire. John Milton.

    All blest secrets,
    All you unpublish’d virtues of the earth. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    All secrets of the deep, all nature’s works. John Milton.

    The Romans seem not to have known the secret of paper-credit. Arbuthnot.

    Bread eaten in secret is pleasant. Prov. ix. 17.

    In secret, riding through the air she comes. John Milton.

  3. To Secretverb

    To keep private.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Great care is to be used of the clerks of the council, for the secreting of their consultations. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secretadjective

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

  2. Secretadjective

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

  3. Secretadjective

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

  4. Secretadjective

    separate; distinct

  5. Secretadjective

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

  6. Secretadjective

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

  7. Secretadjective

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

  8. Secretverb

    to keep secret

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


  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.

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  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

  2. erects

  3. resect

  4. terces

  5. screet

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  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

Examples of Secret in a Sentence

  1. Aldous Huxley:

    Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.

  2. Secret Service:

    While the Secret Service does not determine who is permitted to enter the club, our agents and officers conduct physical screenings to ensure no prohibited items are allowed onto the property.

  3. Leo Varadkar:

    I'm a gay man. It's not a secret, but it's not something that everyone would necessarily know.

  4. H.W. Mann:

    The secret to understanding reality is stillness of body and mind

  5. Michael Caputo:

    My request stands, we were told that the secret nature of the briefing was really important to the investigation.

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    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    • A. defiant
    • B. arbitrary
    • C. adscripted
    • D. ultimo

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