discreet


dis·creet

adjective \di-ˈskrēt\

: not likely to be seen or noticed by many people

Full Definition of DISCREET

1
:  having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech :  prudent; especially :  capable of preserving prudent silence
2
:  unpretentious, modest <the warmth and discreet elegance of a civilized home — Joseph Wechsberg>
3
:  unobtrusive, unnoticeable <followed at a discreet distance>
dis·creet·ly adverb
dis·creet·ness noun

Examples of DISCREET

  1. <he was very discreet, only saying what was necessary>
  2. <with a discreet gesture, she signalled to her husband that she was ready to leave the party>
  3. For a couple who wanted a discreet bar between the study and the living room, Quogue, New York, architect Stuart Disston designed a small-scale bar that's hidden behind … doors under the stairs and takes advantage of plumbing in an adjacent powder room. —Sallie Brady, This Old House, January/February 2006

Origin of DISCREET

Middle English, from Anglo-French discret, from Medieval Latin discretus, from Latin, past participle of discernere to separate, distinguish between — more at discern
First Known Use: 14th century

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