Secret meaning

sēkrĭt
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Something not revealed, understood, or explained; mystery.

The secret of Stonehenge.

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Keeping one's affairs to oneself; secretive.
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The definition of a secret is something kept from public knowledge or the knowledge of a specific person.

An example of a secret is a hidden door leading to an unknown room.

An example of a secret is a surprise birthday party.

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Beyond general knowledge or understanding; mysterious or esoteric.
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Concealed from sight or notice; hidden.

A secret drawer.

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Kept from public knowledge or from the knowledge of a certain person or persons.
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Withdrawn, remote, or secluded.

A secret hideaway.

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Acting in secret.

A secret society.

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The true cause or explanation, regarded as not obvious.

The secret of one's success.

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A prayer said just before the Preface of the Mass.
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(countable, uncountable) Knowledge that is hidden and intended to be kept hidden. [from later 14th c.]

Can you keep a secret? So can I.

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(uncountable) Something not understood or known.
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Being or kept hidden. [from late 14th c.]

We went down a secret passage.

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To make or keep secret. [from late 16th c.]
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Not much visited; secluded.

A secret hiding place.

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Something that remains beyond understanding or explanation; a mystery.

Unlocking the secrets of the atom.

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A method or formula for doing or making something well, especially when not widely known.

The secret of this dish is in the sauce.

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A variable prayer said after the Offertory and before the Preface in the Mass.
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Something known only to a certain person or persons and purposely kept from the knowledge of others.
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Something that is kept out of the knowledge or sight of others or is known only to oneself or a few.

Wanted to have no secrets between them.

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in secret
  • Without others knowing.
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in secret
  • without the knowledge of others; secretly
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of secret

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin sēcrētus from past participle of sēcernere to set aside sē- apart s(w)e- in Indo-European roots cernere to separate krei- in Indo-European roots

    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“cernō (“separate, to set aside, sunder out"), from Latin cernō, from Proto-Indo-European *krey- . Or from Latin sÄ“cÅ«rus (“untroubled, carefree"), from cura. Compare Russian cкрытый, сокрытый ('hidden', 'covered', from Russian сокрыть ('to hide', 'to conceal'), which in turn derives from Russian крыть ('to cover')).

    From Wiktionary

  • Displaced native Middle English diȝel "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 hȳdels "hiding-stow").

    From Wiktionary