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.
Careful about what one says or does; prudent; esp., keeping silent or preserving confidences when necessary.
Webster's New World
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.
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.
Respectful of privacy or secrecy; quiet; diplomatic.
With a discreet gesture, she reminded him to mind his manners.
John just doesn't understand that laughing at Mary all day is not very discreet.
Other Word Forms of Discreet
Origin of Discreet
Middle English from Old French discret from Medieval Latin discrētus from Latin past participle of discernere to separate, discern discern
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French discret, from Latin discretus, from past participle of discernere.
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