WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ˈse•cret ˈserv•ice, n. [countable]
  • Governmentthe branch of a government service that conducts secret investigations, esp. regarding foreign spying.
  • Government[Secret Service;  usually: the + ~] a branch of the U.S. Department of the Treasury chiefly responsible for protecting the president.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    secret service, 
    1. Governmentthe branch of governmental service that conducts secret investigations, esp. investigations into the military strength of other nations.
    2. Government(caps.) the branch of the U.S. Department of the Treasury charged chiefly with the discovery and apprehension of counterfeiters and with providing protection for the president and the president's immediate family.
    3. Governmentsecret work for a government, esp. espionage.
    secret-service, adj. 
    • 1730–40


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    secret service n
    1. a government agency or department that conducts intelligence or counterintelligence operations



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