Origin of discreetMiddle English and Old French discret from Classical Latin discretus, past participle of discernere: see discern
An example of discreet is the policy of a hair salon that won’t tell who their famous clients are.
- 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.
From Old French discret, from Latin discretus, from past participle of discernere.
- I imagine if there are aliens, they've been discreet for a reason.
- "And Ully, be discreet," he added.
- He specializes in discreet, highly contained domestic counter insurgency and counterterrorism operations.
- They were at another discreet location, this one nestled between the peaks of two mountains.
- They sat dutifully, sharing the pillow, and were calm for several moments before a discreet elbow match broke out between them.