adjective \är-ˈkān\

: secret or mysterious : known or understood by only a few people

Full Definition of ARCANE

:  known or knowable only to the initiate :  secret <arcane rites>; broadly :  mysterious, obscure <arcane explanations>

Examples of ARCANE

  1. a theory filled with arcane details
  2. <grammatical rules that seem arcane to generations of students who were never taught grammar in the first place>

Origin of ARCANE

Latin arcanus
First Known Use: 1547

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith


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