Definition of arcane in English:


Syllabification: ar·cane
Pronunciation: /ärˈkān


Understood by few; mysterious or secret: modern math and its arcane notation
More example sentences
  • The compact libretto used less of the flowery, arcane language that once had seemed a requisite of high style.
  • This is not a task to be undertaken lightly: the language is convoluted and arcane.
  • Here at least, the lyrics are quite clear and not concealed beneath some arcane reference.


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



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.

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