In-petto meaning

ĭn pĕtō
In secret or private. Used of appointments of cardinals by the pope undisclosed in consistory.
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Secretly; not revealed.
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(Roman Catholicism) Designated as a cardinal but not yet announced.
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Privately, in secret.
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Origin of in-petto

  • Italian in in petto breast

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian in (“in”) and petto (“chest”).

    From Wiktionary