Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Secret, secretive and in secret - synonyms or related words

secret

adjective

deliberately not told to other people, or kept hidden from other people

secretive

adjective

deliberately not telling people things

surreptitious

adjective

done or made secretly, so that others will not notice

clandestine

adjective

formal

secret and often illegal

in strict confidence

kept secret by someone and not told to anyone else

underground

adverb

in or to a secret place away from the police or other authorities

mysterious

adjective

keeping things secret, especially in a way that makes other people want to discover what they are

confidential

adjective

confidential documents or information must be kept secret

shadowy

adjective

mysterious and secret, or not understood

classified

adjective

classified information is officially secret and allowed to be known by only a few people connected with the government or military

conlang

… a language for human communication which has been invented and has not developed naturally

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

spogs

spectacles; boiled sweets, candy; soft aniseed-flavoured jelly sweets coated with blue and pink sugar sprinkles

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog