adjective dis·creet \di-ˈskrēt\

: not likely to be seen or noticed by many people

Full Definition of DISCREET

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

Examples of DISCREET

  1. 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
DISCREET Defined for Kids


adjective dis·creet \dis-ˈkrēt\

Definition of DISCREET for Kids

:  careful not to attract attention or let out private information <“ … he must be discreet and say nothing about this visit of mine.” — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>
dis·creet·ly adverb


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