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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English discrete, from Old French discret, from Latin discrētus, from past participle of discernēre. Doublet of discrete.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈskɹiːt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːt
  • Homophone: discrete (separable into parts)

AdjectiveEdit

discreet (comparative more discreet, superlative most discreet)

  1. Respectful of privacy or secrecy; exercising caution in order to avoid causing embarrassment; quiet; diplomatic.
    With a discreet gesture, she reminded him to mind his manners.
    John just doesn't understand that laughing at Mary all day is not very discreet.
  2. Not drawing attention, anger or challenge; inconspicuous.

Usage notesEdit

  • Although cognate and identical in the Middle English period, the term has become distinct from discrete.

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