Definition of clandestine in English:

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clandestine

Pronunciation: /klanˈdestən/
/ˈklandesˌtīn/

adjective

Kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit: she deserved better than these clandestine meetings
More example sentences
  • I agreed to act as though our affair were a secret, a clandestine drama to be hidden from the rest of the world.
  • Other clandestine links operate, smuggling arms and, according to the police, drugs into Northern Ireland.
  • So far, if the clandestine meetings had gotten any easier, it was only marginally.
Synonyms
secret, covert, furtive, surreptitious, stealthy, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, closet, backstairs, backroom;
hush-hush

Derivatives

clandestinity

Pronunciation: /ˌklandesˈtinitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Even the most discrete of armadas might alter their plans and give hint to some clandestinity on our part.
  • These leaders have spent all their adult lives in the cocoon of isolation and paranoia that clandestinity generates.
  • ‘My client appreciates clandestinity,’ the dealer said.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French clandestin or Latin clandestinus, from clam 'secretly'.

Words that rhyme with clandestine

destine, intestine

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: clan·des·tine

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