from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Kept or done in secret, often to conceal an illicit or improper purpose. synonym: secret.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Secret; private; hidden; furtive; withdrawn from public view: generally implying craft, deception, or evil design.
  • Any secret marriage, but especially one contracted in defiance of the will of parents or guardians. Synonyms Latent, Covert, etc. See secret.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Conducted with secrecy; withdrawn from public notice, usually for an evil purpose; kept secret; hidden; private; underhand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Done or kept in secret, sometimes to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.
  • adjective freemasonry Not recognized as a regular member.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin clandestīnus, probably blend of *clam-de, secretly (from clam; see kel- in Indo-European roots) and intestīnus, internal; see intestine.]

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From French clandestin, derived from Latin clandestīnus ("secret, concealed").


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