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.

Definitions of secret
  1. adjective
    not openly made known
    “a secret marriage”
    “a secret bride”
    synonyms: unavowed
    unacknowledged
    not recognized or admitted
  2. adjective
    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
  3. adjective
    hidden from general view or use
    “a secret garden”
    synonyms: privy, secluded
    private
    confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
  4. adjective
    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
  5. adjective
    designed to elude detection
    “a secret passage”
    “the secret compartment in the desk”
    synonyms: hidden
    concealed
    hidden on any grounds for any motive
  6. adjective
    indulging only covertly
    Synonyms:
    covert
    secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
  7. adjective
    the next to highest level of official classification for documents
    Synonyms:
    classified
    official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation
  8. noun
    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
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    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
  9. adjective
    (of information) given in confidence or in secret
    “their secret communications”
    synonyms: confidential
    private
    confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
  10. adjective
    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
  11. adjective
    not expressed
    synonyms: private
    inward
    relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts
  12. adjective
    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
  13. noun
    information known only to a special group
    “the secret of Cajun cooking”
    synonyms: arcanum
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    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
  14. noun
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    “it remains one of nature's secrets
    synonyms: closed book, enigma, mystery
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    type of:
    perplexity
    trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
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