Definition of discreet in English:


Line breaks: dis|creet
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskriːt

adjective (discreeter, discreetest)



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  • Previous cases would have been carried out quietly and discreetly attracting no publicity.
  • These cameras will be operating discreetly and the locations and times will not be advertised.
  • Your CV and personal details should be dealt with discreetly and confidentially.


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  • But the discreetness goes beyond what is laid down.
  • It sometimes slips by in its discreetness, with the mildest distraction.
  • I apologize for my discreetness, but I did not wish for you to panic.


Middle English: from Old French discret, from Latin discretus 'separate', past participle of discernere 'discern', the sense arising from late Latin discretio (see discretion). Compare with discrete.


The words discrete and discreet are pronounced in the same way and share the same origin but they do not mean the same thing. Discrete means ‘separate’, as in a finite number of discrete categories , while discreet means ‘careful and circumspect’, as in you can rely on him to be discreet .

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