Origin of clandestineFrench clandestin from Classical Latin clandestinus, secret, hidden from clam, secret from base of celare, to hide: see conceal
The definition of clandestine is something that is done in secret.
A meeting in a hidden location is an example of clandestine.
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.) intestīnus internal ; see intestine .
- clan·des′tine·ness clan′des·tin′i·ty
(comparative more clandestine, superlative most clandestine)
- Betsy's clandestine research about Julie, such as it was, was shared only with me.
- The problem isn't your staying her; it's this whole clandestine meeting.
- Little was said of our clandestine activities of the past year as we simply enjoyed each other's company.
- While sleep was only partially suspended and Dean's fantasy returned, morning brought the news that the noise had been real—Pumpkin Green had left in the night, bumping his shopping cart down the stairs to a clandestine exit.
- 18 a wrecked vessels, cut if off from direct access to the sea; but through Manzanillo it continued a great clandestine traffic with Curacao, Jamaica, and other foreign islands all through the 17th and 18th centuries.