What does sub rosa mean?

Definitions for sub rosasʌb ˈroʊ zə

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sub rosa.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. sub rosa(adverb)

    in secret or covertly

    "held a meeting sub rosa to avoid general criticism"


  1. sub rosa(Noun)

    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.

  2. sub rosa(Adverb)

    In secret or covertly; privately or confidentially

  3. sub rosa(Adjective)

    Carried out secretly or confidentially

  4. Origin: First attested 1654, from sub rosa, from sub + rosa.


  1. Sub Rosa

    Sub Rosa is a record label based in Brussels. The label was established at the end of the ‘80s, and expanded its catalogue in the mid-‘90s through the release of electronic music. Directed by Guy Marc Hinant and Frédéric Walheer, the label has released over 250 titles. Since 2001, the label has been releasing Hinant's Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music series. Sub Rosa releases archival material related to twentieth-century avant-garde figures, such as Marcel Duchamp, William S. Burroughs, James Joyce, and Kurt Schwitters. They have also released material from a number of important electronic music composers, and traditional music from around the world. Since 2000, Hinant and Lohlé have also run a film production outfit, OME. OME plans to produce documentaries on avant-garde music since World War II. The name derives from the Latin expression sub rosa, literally translating as "under the rose," and figuratively meaning something secret or undercover.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sub rosa in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sub rosa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Shelley Chapman:

    Saying this is a sub rosa plan doesn't make it one, this is not actually an attempt by anyone to take a shortcut.

Images & Illustrations of sub rosa

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