secret

A secret is something you don’t want everybody to know, like your secret crush on the bus driver. A secret can also be a mystery known to only a few — the secret of the lost pyramid.

There might be a secret passageway in your basement that only you know about. You could have a secret passion for Japanese anime comics and share that secret with only your closest friends. If you're "in on a secret" — plans for a surprise birthday party, for instance — that means you're in the inner circle of people in the know. Everybody has to keep the secret, or the party won't be a surprise.

Primary Meanings of secret

1.
adjn
not openly made known
something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on)
2.
adjn
(of information) given in confidence or in secret
information known only to a special group
Full Definitions of secret
1

adj not openly made known

“a secret marriage”
“a secret bride”
Synonyms:
unavowed
unacknowledged
not recognized or admitted

adj not open or public; kept private or not revealed

“a secret formula”
secret ingredients”
secret talks”
Synonyms:
concealed
hidden on any grounds for any motive

adj hidden from general view or use

“a secret garden”
Synonyms:
privy, secluded
private
confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy

adj conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

secret missions”
“a secret agent”
secret sales of arms”
Synonyms:
clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, surreptitious, undercover, underground
covert
secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

adj designed to elude detection

“a secret passage”
“the secret compartment in the desk”
Synonyms:
hidden
concealed
hidden on any grounds for any motive

adj indulging only covertly

“a secret alcoholic”
Synonyms:
covert
secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

adj the next to highest level of official classification for documents

Synonyms:
classified
official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation

n 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
Types:
confidence
a secret that is confided or entrusted to another
open secret
something that is supposed to be secret but is generally known
trade secret
a secret (method or device or formula) that gives a manufacturer an advantage over the competition
Type of:
info, information
a message received and understood
2

adj (of information) given in confidence or in secret

“their secret communications”
Synonyms:
confidential
private
confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy

adj communicated covertly

“their secret signal was a wink”
secret messages”
Synonyms:
covert
secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

adj not expressed

Synonyms:
private
inward
relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts

adj having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

“the secret learning of the ancients”
Synonyms:
mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, orphic
esoteric
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

n information known only to a special group

“the secret of Cajun cooking”
Synonyms:
arcanum
Types:
esoterica
secrets known only to an initiated minority
cabala, cabbala, cabbalah, kabala, kabbala, kabbalah, qabala, qabalah
an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
countersign, parole, password, watchword, word
a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
Type of:
info, information
a message received and understood

n something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

“it remains one of nature's secrets
Synonyms:
closed book, enigma, mystery
Type of:
perplexity
trouble or confusion resulting from complexity

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