The secret of Stonehenge.
An example of a secret is a hidden door leading to an unknown room.
An example of a secret is a surprise birthday party.
A secret drawer.
A secret hideaway.
A secret society.
The secret of one's success.
A secret hiding place.
Unlocking the secrets of the atom.
The secret of this dish is in the sauce.
Wanted to have no secrets between them.
- Without others knowing.
- without the knowledge of others; secretly
Origin of secret
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English secrette, from Old French secret, from Latin sÄ“crÄ“tus (“separated, hidden"), from ptp of sÄ“cernÅ (“separate, to set aside, sunder out"), from Latin cernÅ, from Proto-Indo-European *krey- . Or from Latin sÄ“cÅ«rus (“untroubled, carefree"), from cura. Compare Russian cÐºÑ€Ñ‹Ñ‚Ñ‹Ð¹, ÑÐ¾ÐºÑ€Ñ‹Ñ‚Ñ‹Ð¹ ('hidden', 'covered', from Russian ÑÐ¾ÐºÑ€Ñ‹Ñ‚ÑŒ ('to hide', 'to conceal'), which in turn derives from Russian ÐºÑ€Ñ‹Ñ‚ÑŒ ('to cover')).
- Displaced native Middle English diÈel "secret" (from Old English dÄ«egol "secret"), Middle English derne, deorne "dark, hidden, secret" (from Old English dierne "dark, hidden, secret"), Middle English roune, rowne "secret, secret counsel" (from Old English rÅ«n), Middle English hidel "secrecy, secret" (from Old English hÈ³dels "hiding-stow").