1. Hidden; concealed; as, secret treasure; secret plans; a secret vow.
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us. --Deut. xxix. 29.
2. Withdrawn from general intercourse or notice; in retirement or secrecy; secluded.
There, secret in her sapphire cell,
He with the Nais wont to dwell. --Fenton.
3. Faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive. [R.]
Secret Romans, that have spoke the word,
And will not palter. --Shak.
4. Separate; distinct. [Obs.]
They suppose two other divine hypostases superior thereunto, which were perfectly secret from matter. --Cudworth.
Syn: -- Hidden; concealed; secluded; retired; unseen; unknown; private; obscure; recondite; latent; covert; clandestine; privy. See Hidden.
1. Something studiously concealed; a thing kept from general knowledge; what is not revealed, or not to be revealed.
To tell our own secrets is often folly; to communicate those of others is treachery. --Rambler.
2. A thing not discovered; what is unknown or unexplained; a mystery.
All secrets of the deep, all nature's works. --Milton.
3. pl. The parts which modesty and propriety require to be concealed; the genital organs.
In secret, in a private place; in privacy or secrecy; in a state or place not seen; privately.
Bread eaten in secret is pleasant. --Prov. ix. 17.
Se·cret v. t. To keep secret. [Obs.]
adj 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;
"clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger
activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner
intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret
sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops";
"an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance"
[syn: clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner(a),
hugger-mugger, hush-hush, on the quiet(p), surreptitious,
3: not openly made known; "a secret marriage"; "a secret bride"
4: communicated covertly; "their a secret signal was a wink";
5: not expressed; "secret (or private) thoughts" [syn: private]
6: designed to elude detection; "a hidden room or place of
concealment such as a priest hole"; "a secret passage";
"the secret compartment in the desk" [syn: hidden]
7: hidden from general view or use; "a privy place to rest and
think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden"
[syn: privy, secluded]
8: (of information) given in confidence or in secret; "closet
information"; "this arrangement must be kept
confidential"; "their secret communications" [syn: closet(a),
9: indulging only covertly; "a closet alcoholic"; "closet
liberals" [syn: closet(a)]
10: having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to
the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding;
"mysterious symbols"; "the mystical style of Blake";
"occult lore"; "the secret learning of the ancients"
[syn: mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, orphic]
11: the next to highest level of official classification for
n 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" [syn: arcanum]
3: something that baffles understanding and cannot be
explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one
of nature's secrets" [syn: mystery, enigma, closed