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. 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

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

  2. Secret(adj)

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

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

  3. Secret(adj)

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

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

  4. Secret(adj)

    separate; distinct

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

  5. Secret(adj)

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

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

  6. Secret(adj)

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

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

  7. Secret(adj)

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

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

  8. Secret(verb)

    to keep secret

    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.

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. President Barack Obama:

    It's the only time I've ever seen Secret Service cry, on duty, it continues to haunt me. It was one of the worst days of my presidency.

  2. Tom Malinowski:

    Conspiracy theories that falsely blame secret cabals and marginalized groups for the problems of society have long fueled prejudice, violence and terrorism, it's time for us to come together across party lines to say that QAnon has no place in our nation's political discourse.

  3. La Rochefoucauld:

    Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

  4. John Rocco Savalli:

    The secret to money is so simple that most people completely miss it, because they're looking for some grand answer about this resource called money, which has so much power over them.”

  5. Oliver Goldsmith:

    The dancing pair that simply sought renown,By holding out to tire each other downThe swain mistrustless of his smutted face,While secret laughter titter'd round the placeThe bashful virgin's side-long looks of love,The matrons glance that would those looks reproveThese were thy charms, sweet village sports like these,With sweet succession, taught e'en toil to pleaseThese were thy bowers their cheerful influence shed,These were thy charms -- but all these charms are fled.

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