Definition of "secret" [se•cret]

  • Kept hidden from knowledge or view; concealed. (adjective)
  • Dependably discreet. (adjective)
  • Operating in a hidden or confidential manner: a secret agent. (adjective)
  • Not expressed; inward: their secret thoughts. (adjective)
  • Not frequented; secluded: wandered about the secret byways of Paris. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "secret" in a sentence
  • "There is also an anonymous article of great power on "Conscientious Objectors as Food for Racehorses," which should cause discussion, both by reason of its arguments and also through the secret of its authorship, which to the initiated is only of course a _secret de Polichinelle_."
  • "Thus it has come to pass that the main aims of the Order are assumed to be a secret policy or teaching, [166] whereas _its one great secret is that it has no secret_."
  • "Lastly, prayer ought to be offered to God in secret, according to the words: _But thou when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret_; [204] whereas to pray vocally means to publish it abroad."