|a.||1.||Hidden; concealed; as, secret treasure; secret plans; a secret vow.|
|2.||Withdrawn from general intercourse or notice; in retirement or secrecy; secluded.|
|3.||Faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive.|
|n.||1.||Something studiously concealed; a thing kept from general knowledge; what is not revealed, or not to be revealed.|
|2.||A thing not discovered; what is unknown or unexplained; a mystery.|
|3.||The parts which modesty and propriety require to be concealed; the genital organs.|
|v. t.||1.||To keep secret.|
|Noun||1.||secret - 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.||secret - information known only to a special group; "the secret of Cajun cooking"|
|3.||secret - something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"|
|Adj.||1.||secret - not open or public; kept private or not revealed; "a secret formula"; "secret ingredients"; "secret talks"|
|2.||secret - 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"|
|3.||secret - not openly made known; "a secret marriage"; "a secret bride"|
|4.||secret - communicated covertly; "their a secret signal was a wink"; "secret messages"|
|5.||secret - not expressed; "secret (or private) thoughts"|
|6.||secret - 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"|
|7.||secret - hidden from general view or use; "a privy place to rest and think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden"|
|8.||secret - (of information) given in confidence or in secret; "closet information"; "this arrangement must be kept confidential"; "their secret communications"|
|9.||secret - indulging only covertly; "a closet alcoholic"; "closet liberals"|
|10.||secret - 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"|
|11.||secret - the next to highest level of official classification for documents|
SECRET. That which is not to be revealed.
2. Attorneys and counsellors, who have been trusted professionally with the secrets of their clients, are not allowed to reveal them in a court of justice. The right of secrecy belongs to the client, and not to the attorney and counsellor.
3. As to the matter communicated, it extends to all cases where the client applies for professional advice or assistance; and it does not appear that the protection is qualified by any reference to proceedings pending or in contemplation. Story, Eq. Pl. Sec. 600; 1 Milne & K. 104; 3 Sim. R. 467.
3. Documents confided professionally to the counsel cannot be demanded, unless indeed the party would himself be bound to produce them. Hare on Discov. 171. Grand jurors are sworn the commonwealth's secrets, their fellows and their own to keep. Vide Confidential communications; Witness.
SECRET, rights. A knowledge of something which is unknown to others, out of
which a profit may be made; for example, an invention of a machine, or the
discovery of the effect of the combination of certain matters.
2. Instances have occurred of secrets of that kind being kept for many years, but they are liable to constant detection. As such secrets are not property, the possessors of them in general prefer making them public, and securing the exclusive right for years, under the patent laws, to keeping them in an insecure manner, without them. See Phil. on Pat. ch. 15; Gods. on Pat. 171; Dav. Pat. Cas. 429; 8 Ves. 215; 2 Ves. & B. 218; 2 Mer. 446; 3 Mer. 157; 1 Jac. & W. 394; 1 Pick. 443; 4 Mason, 15; 3 B. & P. 630.