Definition of clandestine in English:


Line breaks: clan|des¦tine
Pronunciation: /klanˈdɛstɪn
, ˈklandɛstɪn


Kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit: she deserved better than these clandestine meetings
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  • 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.


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



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  • If procedures are outlawed they will almost certainly be available clandestinely to those who can pay.
  • Mandela's autobiography came out originally in 1994, although he started writing it clandestinely in 1974 during his imprisonment.
  • For years she'd been clandestinely dating Jean.


Pronunciation: /-ˈtɪnɪti/
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  • 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.

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