in petto[ēn pet′tō̂]
secretly; not revealed: said of cardinals appointed by the pope but not named in consistory
Origin of in pettoItalian in the breast
& adj.Roman Catholic Church
In secret or private. Used of appointments of cardinals by the pope undisclosed in consistory.
Origin of in pettoItalian : in, in + petto, breast.
As an adjective, in petto usually follows the noun to be modified.
- Privately, in secret.
From Italian in (“in”) and petto (“chest”).