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.
- hidden or secret
- understood by only a few; esoteric
Origin of arcane; from Classical Latin arcanus: see arcanum
Known or understood by only a few: arcane economic theories. See Synonyms at mysterious.
Origin of arcaneLatin arcanus, secret, from arca, chest.
(comparative more arcane, superlative most arcane)
From Latin arcanus (“hidden, secret”), from arcere (“to shut up”), arca (“a chest”).