- 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.
careful about what one says or does; prudent; esp., keeping silent or preserving confidences when necessary
Origin of discreetMiddle English and amp; Old French discret ; from Classical Latin discretus, past participle of discernere: see discern
- Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect: The teacher was discreet in discussing the student's behavior. We followed him but kept a discreet distance.
- Made, done, or situated so as to attract little notice: made a discreet exit out the back door; lovers seeking a discreet place to meet.
Origin of discreetMiddle English, from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin, past participle of discernere, to separate, discern; see discern.
(comparative more discreet, superlative most discreet)
- Do not confuse with discrete.