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Adjective: secret  see-krut
  1. Not open or public; kept private or not revealed
    "a secret formula"; "secret ingredients"; "secret talks"
  2. Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
    "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms";
    - clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, surreptitious, undercover, underground
  3. Not openly made known
    "a secret marriage";
    - unavowed
  4. Communicated covertly
    "their secret signal was a wink"; "secret messages"
  5. Not expressed
    "secret thoughts";
    - private
  6. Designed to elude detection
    "a secret passage"; "the secret compartment in the desk";
    - hidden
  7. Hidden from general view or use
    "a secret garden";
    - privy, secluded
  8. (of information) given in confidence or in secret
    "their secret communications";
    - confidential
  9. Indulging only covertly
    "a secret alcoholic"
  10. Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
    "the secret learning of the ancients";
    - mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, orphic
  11. The next to highest level of official classification for documents
Noun: secret  see-krut
  1. 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. Information known only to a special group
    "the secret of Cajun cooking";
    - arcanum
  3. Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    "it remains one of nature's secrets";
    - mystery, enigma, closed book

Derived forms: secrets

See also: classified, concealed, covert, esoteric, inward, private, unacknowledged

Type of: gen [Brit, informal], info [informal], information, perplexity

Encyclopedia: Secret, Strange & True