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 Some celebrities' identities were (loosely) hinted at during a season 3 promo, while others are being hidden by some secret service-level security. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "Who Is The Llama On 'The Masked Singer'? Fans Have Absolutely No Idea," 11 Jan. 2020 Chandragupta’s secret service captures Rakshasa’s close friend, Chandanadasa, on fabricated charges. Anand Neelakanthan, Quartz India, "Who exactly was Chanakya, the ancient genius that wily Indian politicians are being compared with?," 20 Dec. 2019 In the message, the person speaking denied any links with those belonging to secret services or intelligence services, Corriere della Sera said., "Italy investigates Maltese prof implicated in Russia probe - The Boston Globe," 11 Dec. 2019 He was driven to the interview in a sport utility vehicle and hustled from the street into the building by Mexico’s equivalent of the secret service. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "Evo Morales Raises a Fist, but Knows His Presidency is Over," 23 Nov. 2019 During his time in office, the British secret service agency MI5 kept a secret file on Wilson under the pseudonym Norman John Worthington, due in part to his pre-politics connections with businessmen in eastern Europe and contacts at the KGB. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Why Harold Wilson Was One of Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Prime Ministers," 17 Nov. 2019 Trump's secret service visited my home twice this morning, pounding on the door and ringing for several minutes. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Secret Service visit home of activist who ‘glitter bombed’ Trump," 11 Oct. 2019 Vaughn’s The King’s Man tacks back in time to the origins of the fictional British secret service during World War I, with a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander and Harris Dickinson. Vincent Boucher, The Hollywood Reporter, "Forthcoming Kingsman Menswear Line "On Steroids" for 'The King’s Man'," 8 Oct. 2019 Along the street, more than a dozen protesters standing behind secret service officers held banners depicting Trump as a baby, as Pinocchio, and in a straitjacket. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Dodging protesters, Trump woos Big Tech donors in stealthy Bay Area visit," 17 Sep. 2019

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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 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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