Examples of discreet in a Sentence
- 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
- Without the knowledge of the exiled African National Congress leadership, he entered into a discreet dialogue with the South African government—which was reaching a similar conclusion. He later succeeded in convincing suspicious comrades of the need for a negotiated solution. —F. W. De Klerk, Time, 18 Apr. 2005
- The New York Stock Exchange, meanwhile, has proposed a rule that would bar a stock-market analyst from talking to newspapers that fail to disclose the analyst's conflicts of interest. Even the C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs, one of Wall Street's most discreet firms, has chimed in … and has extorted his peers to restore "trust in our system." —New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2002
- Discreet disclaimers by the tourist board to the effect that "there is no evidence whatever that Prince Vlad Tepes (TSEH-pesh), or Vlad the Impaler, inhabited the castle" do nothing to discourage its notoriety as Dracula's reputed residence. Mythically, at least, this is in fact where he lived—and always will. —Erik Sandberg-Diment, New York Times, 21 June 1998
he was very discreet, only saying what was necessary
with a discreet gesture, she signalled to her husband that she was ready to leave the party
Recent Examples of discreet from the Web
So producer Aaron Spelling’s widow hired California’s oldest — and perhaps most discreet — moving company.
And, as an added plus, the storefront was discreet, located below ground level and behind another building.
More discreet changes have also taken place behind the scenes, with Del Conte eliminating certain positions within a crowded athletic department while amplifying others.
However, measuring discreet periods of time (2017, for example) rather than asking whether someone has ever used a ride-hailing app could result in lower numbers.
Most do not enforce those laws on relatively discreet adults with red Solo cups or beer in a koozie.
Two senior Hamas officials said discreet talks are under way, through mediators such as Switzerland and Norway, about having the United Nations take the lead in improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
Although bottled water existed even before Louis XIV declared his love for Chateldon (with its discreet, naturally occurring little bubbles), its popularity in the U.S. came later.
In more discreet shots, the angle of his camera envelops pedestrians within the city’s métro stops and architecture.
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Origin and Etymology of discreet
DISCREET Defined for English Language Learners
: not likely to be seen or noticed by many people
DISCREET Defined for Kids
- “ … he must be discreet and say nothing about this visit of mine.”
- —Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee
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