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. Withdraw 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. "Secret Romans, that have spoke the word, And will not palter." (Shak)
4. Separate; distinct. "They suppose two other divine hypostases superior thereunto, which were perfectly secret from matter." (Cudworth)
Synonyms: Hidden, concealed, secluded, retired, unseen, unknown, private, obscure, recondite, latent, covert, clandestine, privy. See Hidden.
Origin: F. Secret (cf. Sp.& Pg. Secreto, It. Secreto, segreto), fr. L. Secretus, p.p. Of secrernere to put apart, to separate. See Certain, and cf. Secrete, Secern.
(01 Mar 1998)