Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[see-kruh-see] /ˈsi krə si/
noun, plural secrecies for 5.
the state or condition of being secret, hidden, or concealed:
a meeting held in secrecy.
the state of being apart from other people; privacy; seclusion.
ability to keep a secret.
the habit or characteristic of being secretive; reticence.
Archaic. something that is secret or mysterious:
the secrecies of nature.
Origin of secrecy
late Middle English
1375-1425; obsolete secre (< Middle French secré secret) + -cy; replacing late Middle English secretee, equivalent to secre + -tee -ty2
Related forms
antisecrecy, adjective
nonsecrecy, noun, plural nonsecrecies.
prosecrecy, adjective
semisecrecy, noun
supersecrecy, noun, plural supersecrecies.
1. confidentiality, privacy, stealth, covertness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for secrecy
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The day having dawned, the housekeeper went to fetch a woman, who agreed to nurse the infant in silence and secrecy.

    The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • He tried to swear Edith and me to secrecy, but we refused to be sworn.

  • In his residence of Tangier, Musa, with secrecy and caution, continued his correspondence and hastened his preparations.

  • secrecy was now out of the question and it was well that he was moving thus in the open.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Lady Chiltern, however, always declared that her secrecy on the matter had always been inviolable.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for secrecy


noun (pl) -cies
the state or quality of being secret
the state of keeping something secret
the ability or tendency to keep things secret
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for secrecy

1570s, from secretee, "quality of being secret" (early 15c.), from Old French secré, variant of secret (see secret (n.)) + -ty (2). Form altered on model of primacy, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for secrecy

Scrabble Words With Friends