secret service

noun

1
: a governmental service of a secret nature
2
Secret Service : a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chiefly in charge of stopping crimes against the nation's financial system and protecting the president and other national officials and visiting world leaders

Examples of secret service in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of secret service was in 1706

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“Secret service.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secret%20service. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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Secret Service

noun
: a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chiefly in charge of stopping crimes against the nation's financial system and protecting the president and other national and visiting world leaders
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