secret Definition

  • 1something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others
  • 2not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others

Using secret: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "secret" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She told me her secret.

  • Example

    The company has a secret project in development.

  • Example

    He has a secret crush on her.

  • Example

    The spy revealed the country's secrets to the enemy.

secret Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using secret

  • reveal a secret, often unintentionally


    I accidentally let the cat out of the bag about the surprise party.

  • not reveal information that is meant to be kept confidential


    I can keep a secret if you tell me not to tell anyone.

  • having knowledge of something that is meant to be kept unknown to others


    She was in on the secret plan to surprise him for his birthday.

Phrases with secret

  • a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others, and by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers


    The recipe for Coca-Cola is a closely guarded trade secret.

  • information or material that is deemed highly sensitive and requires the highest level of security clearance to access


    The details of the military operation were classified as top secret.

  • a fact or situation that is widely known but not officially acknowledged


    It was an open secret that the CEO was planning to resign.

Origins of secret

from Old French 'secret', from Latin 'secretus', meaning 'separate, hidden'


Summary: secret in Brief

The term 'secret' [ˈsiːkrət] refers to something kept unknown or unseen by others. It can be used as a noun or an adjective, and it can describe anything from confidential information to a hidden emotion. Examples include 'She told me her secret,' and 'He has a secret crush on her.' Phrases like 'trade secret' and idioms like 'let the cat out of the bag' extend the concept of secrecy.

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