Definition of discreet adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈskriːt//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskriːt//
Job skills and personal qualities
jump to other results
careful in what you say or do, in order to keep something secret or to avoid causing embarrassment or difficulty for somebody synonym tactful He was always very discreet about his love affairs. You ought to make a few discreet enquiries before you sign anything. A discreet glance at the clock told me the interview had lasted an hour. See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French discret, from Latin discretus ‘separate’, past participle of discernere ‘discern’, the sense arising from late Latin discretio ‘separation’, from discernere, from dis- ‘apart’ + cernere ‘to separate’. Compare with discrete.Word Familydiscreet adjective (indiscreet)discretion noun (indiscretion)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: discreet