Definitions for sub rosasʌb ˈroʊ zə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sub ro•sasʌb ˈroʊ zə(adv.)
confidentially; secretly; privately.
Category: Foreign Term
Origin of sub rosa:
1920–25; < L: lit., under the rose, from the ancient use of the rose at meetings as a symbol of the sworn confidence of the participants
sub-rosa, under-the-table, behind-the-scenes(adverb)
designed and carried out secretly or confidentially
"a sub-rosa report"; "has their under-the-table backing"
in secret or covertly
"held a meeting sub rosa to avoid general criticism"
Slang. Used in Workers' Compensation cases to mean covert surveillance video used to catch Workers' Compensation applicants and show that they are in fact not injured. Also spelled subrosa.
In secret or covertly; privately or confidentially
Carried out secretly or confidentially
Origin: First attested 1654, from sub rosa, from sub + rosa.