open secret

o·pen se·cret
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [oh-puh n see-krit]
    • /ˈoʊ pən ˈsi krɪt/
    • /ˈəʊpən ˈsiːkrət/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-puh n see-krit]
    • /ˈoʊ pən ˈsi krɪt/

Definitions of open secret words

  • noun open secret something supposedly secret but actually known quite generally. 1
  • noun open secret official secret known to many 1
  • countable noun open secret If you refer to something as an open secret, you mean that it is supposed to be a secret, but many people know about it. 0
  • noun open secret something that is supposed to be secret but is widely known 0
  • noun open secret something supposed to be secret but known to almost everyone 0

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Origin of open secret

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
First recorded in 1875-80

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Parts of speech for Open secret


open secret popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 40% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

open secret usage trend in Literature

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