Definition of state secret in English:

state secret

Syllabification: state se·cret


  • 1A sensitive issue or piece of information that is kept secret by the government, usually to protect the public.
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    • Provider of unauthorised access to personal data or a state secret, along with the disclosure of a user password will serve between one to three years' imprisonment.
    • Its contents continue to be a heavily guarded state secret.
    • Actual death penalty statistics are a closely guarded state secret.
  • 1.1 humorous A piece of information, usually of a trivial or personal nature, that is closely guarded and desired to be kept private: she thought her affair with the boss was a state secret, but we all giggled about it behind her back
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    • She also owns an iPod, although her playlist is a closely-guarded state secret.

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