from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being secret or hidden; concealment.
  • n. The ability or habit of keeping secrets; closeness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Concealment; the condition of being secret or hidden
  • n. The habit of keeping secrets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being hidden.
  • n. That which is concealed; a secret.
  • n. Seclusion; privacy; retirement.
  • n. The quality of being secretive; fidelity to a secret; forbearance of disclosure or discovery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being secret or concealed; secret, secretive, or clandestine, manner, method, or conduct; concealment from the observation or knowledge of others: as, to carry on a design in secrecy; to secure secrecy.
  • n. Privacy; retirement; seclusion; solitude.
  • n. Ability to keep a secret or secrets; fidelity in keeping secrets; strict silence regarding matters intended to be kept secret.
  • n. Secretive habits; secretiveness; lack of openness.
  • n. A secret; also, secrets collectively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition of being concealed or hidden
  • n. the trait of keeping things secret


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration of Middle English secretee, from secret, secret; see secret.



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