- Without others knowing.
- without the knowledge of others; secretly
Other Word Forms of Secret
Origin of Secret
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')).
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 American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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