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

Wiktionary

  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.

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.]

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.

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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

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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

Examples of secret in a Sentence

  1. Keith Thornton:

    Now she feels what every other citizen within the north side, the west side, south side and downtown is feeling… since she's been in office that hey, crime is here, now she has her own secret little patrol on top of her regular detail patrolling her house.

  2. Catherine Milhoan:

    The health and safety of our workforce, Secret Service agents families, and that of our protectees remains the agency's highest priority.

  3. Leo Varadkar:

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

  4. Kelly Ripa:

    Looking back on the history of ‘Live’s' replacement of co-hosts they really do seem to take their time, however, Kelly Ripa's fury at her treatment by ABC during Strahan's departure has hardly been a secret. It's very possible that the network has been more concerned with their treatment of her than they've been with seating a co-host beside her. After all, if they lose her, then they have no show and it wouldn't matter who was chosen.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Often I come across the public displays of charitable acts and donations on social media, which reminds me of the teaching from Holy Book: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.“ In my view, it's an act of hypocracy to blow one's trumpet on FB or Twitter or like social media about one's charitable act, with ulterior motives of self-promotion and gaining praise from others. In my view, the true philanthropist, who is selfless at heart, does not let her/his left hand know what the right hand is doing - so that the noble act of giving remains absolutely secret. I really respect such selfless philanthropists. Long live the spirit of Charity that flows from a pure heart with Honesty and Integrity.

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