secret etymology

English word secret comes from Latin cernere, Latin se- (Separately, astray. Without.), Romanian secretus

Detailed word origin of secret

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cernere Latin (lat)
se- Latin (lat) Separately, astray. Without.
secretus Romanian (ron)
secernere Latin (lat)
secretus Latin (lat)
secret Old French (fro)
secrette Middle English (enm)
secret English (eng) (archaic, in the plural) The genital organs.. (countable, uncountable) Knowledge that is hidden and intended to be kept hidden. [from later 14th c.]. (uncountable) Something not understood or known. (transitive) To hide secretly.. (transitive) To make or keep secret. [from late 16th c.] (obsolete) Faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive, separate, [...]

Words with the same origin as secret

Descendants of cernere
certain certainty secretary secretive
Descendants of se-
absolute assurance assure dissolve reassure resolve secure security seduce seduction select selection separate separation sever severance sober sol solution solve sure