Discreet meaning

dĭ-skrēt
Careful about what one says or does; prudent; esp., keeping silent or preserving confidences when necessary.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

    From Wiktionary