Adjective "discreet" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Careful and prudent in one's speech or actions, especially in order to keep something confidential or to avoid embarrassment.
  1. 'He was a delightful man but he had a very discreet nature.'
  2. 'He stressed his team were discreet in their inquiries and that any innocent party could be easily eliminated from the hunt.'
  3. 'Do they fear physical harm or do they fear being forced to be discreet so as to avoid physical harm?'
  4. 'He had been careful to maintain a discreet distance between the architects of the plan and the hired help.'
  5. 'I wish I were a discreet sort of person in whom others could confide.'
  6. 'Please note that it is important from the outset that you should be discreet about your interest in joining the Service.'
  7. 'He tries to be more discreet about his own political leanings.'
  8. 'It is possible to be discreet, and a lot of famous people are.'
  9. 'The purpose of the bullying audit was explained and their participation in a confidential and discreet interview was invited.'
  10. 'Their bodyguards followed them around the place at discreet distances.'
  11. 'a discreet cough'
  12. 'It is large, bound in luxurious leather, with discreet gold lettering announcing its pedigree.'
  13. 'Wearing a smart green dress and discreet golden earrings, she seemed every inch the sophisticated operator.'
  14. 'He said they might still be able to wear discreet turbans to school but did not mention their facial hair.'
  15. 'A discreet cough alerted him to the couple's readiness to leave.'
  16. 'Specially tuned cars usually boast a discreet logo.'
  17. 'She's looking good in black suit, styled hair and discreet (but still obvious) makeup.'
  18. 'The colours and discreet lighting of the restaurant blend and lend superbly to the informal atmosphere and freshest food.'
  19. 'And here is an orchestration of imagery that is as powerful as it is discreet.'
  20. 'Some repairs to the shed and a discreet coat of green, brown or black woodstain might improve its appearance, for instance.'
  21. 'More matronly sorts opt instead for ye olde-style tea shoppes and here you can eavesdrop over a discreet pot of Darjeeling.'


1. judicious in one's conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect.

2. showing prudence and circumspection; decorous: a discreet silence.

3. modestly unobtrusive; unostentatious: a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be discreet in things."

"securities can be discreet in capitals."

"securities can be discreet in calms."

"people can be discreet in lives."

"people can be discreet in doubts."

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Middle English: from Old French discret, from Latin discretus ‘separate’, past participle of discernere ‘discern’, the sense arising from late Latin discretio (see discretion). Compare with discrete.