in pettoin pet·to
R.C.Ch. secretly; not revealed: said of cardinals appointed by the pope but not named in consistory
Origin of in pettoIt, in the breast
adjectiveRoman 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.