- The definition of arcane is something that is secret or that only a few people know about or understand.
An example of arcane rituals would be Masonic rituals.
arcane definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- hidden or secret
- understood by only a few; esoteric
Origin: ; from Classical Latin arcanus: see arcanum
arcane definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Known or understood by only a few: arcane economic theories. See Synonyms at mysterious.
Origin: Latin arcānus, secret, from arca, chest.