- The definition of discreet is someone or something that is careful about their behavior or keeps secrets.
An example of discreet is the policy of a hair salon that won’t tell who their famous clients are.
discreet definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French discret ; from Classical Latin discretus, past participle of discernere: see discern
discreet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Marked by, exercising, or showing prudence and wise self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect.
- Free from ostentation or pretension; modest.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin, past participle of discernere, to separate, discern; see discern.
- dis·creetˈly adverb
- dis·creetˈness noun