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sub rosa Syllabification: sub ro·sa
Pronunciation: /ˌsəb ˈrōzə/

Definition of sub rosa in English:

adjective& adverb

Happening or done in secret: [as adverb]: the committee operates sub rosa [as adjective]: sub rosa inspections
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  • Sub Rosa is a Latin term meaning secrecy, literally translating to ‘under the rose’. The rose in ancient times was a symbol of sworn confidence of participants at a meeting.


Latin, literally 'under the rose', as an emblem of secrecy.

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