What does discreet mean?

Definitions for discreetdɪˈskrit

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word discreet.

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Arthur Wellesley:

    Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.

  2. Gabe Saglie:

    Be discreet with Christopher Elliott cash and refrain from drawing unwanted attention to the cash Christopher Elliott’re carrying.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    There was one very discreet stretch of the protein on the envelope that is really different than the other flaviviruses, that is like a big red flag.

  4. Lin Wei Liang:

    What we have here is much more invisible, discreet, something that you can wear just like a normal hoodie or jacket, and yet you can get that massage without people noticing.

  5. Lee Rainie:

    We find that a portion of the population is adjusting some activity at least in some simple ways like changing their privacy settings and being a bit more discreet in the things they say and search for.

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