secret service


Definition of secret service

1 : a governmental service of a secret nature
2 capitalized both Ss : 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

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Recent Examples on the Web An independent investigation uncovered that agents of FSB, the Russian secret service, were involved in the poisoning attempt against Navalny, but Russian authorities have vehemently denied that. Vladimir Kozlov, Billboard, "How Pussy Riot Rushed to Release 'RAGE' Video to Support Putin Rival Alexei Navalny," 1 Feb. 2021 Despite the fact that Trump and Kushner have more than six bathrooms in their Kalorama neighborhood home in Washington, D.C., secret service agents have been instructed they’re not allowed to use any of them, the Washington Post reports. Erin Corbett,, "Jared & Ivanka’s House Has 6 Bathrooms — Their Secret Service Detail Wasn’t Allowed To Use Any Of Them," 14 Jan. 2021 The complaint also accuses Constantin Niyomwungere, a Rwandan secret service agent who duped Rusesabagina into the fictitious speaking engagement, of conspiring with GainJet and of violating U.S. anti-terrorism and terror-victims’ rights laws., "‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Sues Greek Air Charter for Aiding Abduction," 15 Dec. 2020 Not to mention the more than 100 secret service members who contracted the virus. Sarah Midkiff,, "How Many Different COVID Guidelines Is The White House Ignoring This Holiday Season?," 1 Dec. 2020 The climber was not identified, but was taken to a D.C. police station for processing, the secret service said. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Fence-climber arrested near White House, Secret Service says," 9 Dec. 2020 In the final days of his campaign, Trump made stops in Fayetteville, NC; Scranton, PA; Traverse City and Grand Rapids, MI; and Kenosha, WI; where he was joined by five groups of 20 to several dozen secret service officers at each stop. Erin Corbett,, "Hmm… Over 100 Secret Service Members Have Contracted COVID," 13 Nov. 2020 Aston Martin, the favorite ride of fictional British secret service agent James Bond, was in rough shape even before the coronavirus pandemic slammed the auto industry. Charles Riley, CNN, "Mercedes-Benz is taking a big stake in Aston Martin," 28 Oct. 2020 But fast forward to the late 1980s, when police and the secret service worked to build a database of information on gay individuals in what was dubbed Operation Hyacinth. Washington Post, "Poland’s ‘LGBT-free zones’ energize some activists, prompt others to leave," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of secret service

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Secret service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of secret service

: a U.S. government department in charge of protecting elected leaders of the U.S. and visiting leaders
: a government department that protects a country's secrets and obtains secret information about other countries

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