- The definition of clandestine is something that is done in secret.
A meeting in a hidden location is an example of clandestine.
kept secret or hidden, esp. for some illicit purpose; surreptitious; furtive
Origin of clandestineFrench clandestin ; from Classical Latin clandestinus, secret, hidden ; from clam, secret ; from base of celare, to hide: see conceal
Kept or done in secret, often to conceal an illicit or improper purpose. See Synonyms at secret.
Origin of clandestineLatin clandestīnus, probably blend of *clam-de, secretly (from clam; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots) and intestīnus, internal; see intestine.
- clan·des′tine·ness, clan′des·tin′i·ty
(comparative more clandestine, superlative most clandestine)