What does discreet mean?

Definitions for discreetdɪˈskrit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discreet(adj)

    marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint

    "his trusted discreet aide"; "a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace"

  2. discerning, discreet(adj)

    unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

    "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence"

  3. circumspect, discreet(adj)

    heedful of potential consequences

    "circumspect actions"; "physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use"; "a discreet investor"


  1. discreet(Adjective)

    Respectful of privacy or secrecy; quiet; diplomatic.

  2. discreet(Adjective)

    Not drawing attention, anger or challenge; inconspicuous.

  3. Origin: From discret, from discretus, from past participle of discernere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discreet

    possessed of discernment, especially in avoiding error or evil, and in the adaptation of means to ends; prudent; sagacious; judicious; not rash or heedless; cautious

  2. Discreet

    differing; distinct

  3. Origin: [F. discret, L. discretus separated (whence the meaning reserved, prudent), p. p. of discernere. See Discern, and cf. Discrete.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discreet

    dis-krēt′, adj. having discernment: wary: circumspect: prudent.—adv. Discreetly.—n. Discreet′ness. [O. Fr. discret—L. discrētusdiscernĕre, to separate, to perceive.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discreet in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discreet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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