Definition of arcane in English:

arcane

Line breaks: ar¦cane
Pronunciation: /ɑːˈkeɪn
 
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adjective

Derivatives

arcanely

adverb
More example sentences
  • She had picked up some tips from her father: watch the wool market because it indicates when a Depression is coming; or, more arcanely, keep an eye out for two sure signs that war is on the way: clothes become drab and women wear boots.
  • The legacy of those years is thousands of albums cluttering up our apartment, arcanely filed and catalogued.
  • Thus the big toe has been given some recognition, albeit arcanely, as a special digit.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin arcanus, from arcere 'to shut up', from arca 'chest'.

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