Understood by few; mysterious or secret.
Mid 16th century: from Latin arcanus, from arcere ‘to shut up’, from arca ‘chest’.
“I’ve had it with the whole institution and their arcane procedures.”
Alated (adj) al-ay-ted Winged, having wings; = "alate". Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Waterhouse. From classical Latin ālātus alate + -ed. (more…)
Vinification (noun) vin-if-ik-ay-shun The conversion of grape juice or other vegetable extract into wine by fermentation. (more…)
Hypnagogic (adj) hip-na-godj-ik Relating to the state immediately before falling asleep. Late 19th century: from French hypnagogique, from Greek hupnos ‘sleep’ + agōgos ‘leading’ (from agein ‘to lead’). (more…)
Proxemics (noun) prok-sem-iks The branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others. 1960s: from proximity, on the…
Verklempt (adj) vu-klempt/fu-klempt Overcome with emotion. From Yiddish farklempt, from German verklemmt, literally ‘pinched, squeezed’. (more…)
Concubine (noun) kon-koo-by-n (in polygamous societies) a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives. Middle English: from Old French, from Latin concubina,…
Atelier (noun) a-tel-ee-a A workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer. Late 17th century: from French, from Old French astelle ‘splinter of wood’, from Latin astula.…
Blandishment (noun) blan-dish-ment A flattering or pleasing statement or action used as a means of gently persuading someone to do something. (more…)
Palomino (noun) pa-lo-mee-no A pale golden or tan-coloured horse or pony with a white mane and tail, originally bred in the south-western US. Early 20th century: from Latin American Spanish,…