in petto

adverb or adjective

in pet·​to in-ˈpe-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce in petto (audio)
: in private : secretly
: in miniature

Word History


Italian, literally, in the breast

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of in petto was in 1647

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“In petto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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