Word of the Day – Clandestine

By October 22, 2019 Word of the Day

Clandestine (adj)

klan-des-tine

Kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit.

Mid 16th century from French clandestin or Latin clandestinus, from clam ‘secretly’.

Example sentences

“The clandestine meetings were exciting.”

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