clandestine


clan·des·tine

adjective \klan-ˈdes-tən also -ˌtīn or -ˌtēn or ˈklan-dəs-\

: done in a private place or way : done secretly

Full Definition of CLANDESTINE

:  marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy :  surreptitious <a clandestine love affair>
clan·des·tine·ly adverb
clan·des·tine·ness noun
clan·des·tin·i·ty \ˌklan-də-ˈsti-nə-tē, -des-ˈti-\ noun

Examples of CLANDESTINE

  1. <I took a clandestine peek at the price tag on the diamond necklace.>
  2. The clandestine meetings, the passing back and forth of messages between Lodge and the plotters, the coaxing along of the generals, all had the emotional lift of a strong amphetamine. —Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988

Origin of CLANDESTINE

Middle French or Latin; Middle French clandestin, from Latin clandestinus, from clam secretly; akin to Latin celare to hide — more at hell
First Known Use: circa 1528

Rhymes with CLANDESTINE

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