Definitions

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

  • adverb & adjective In secret or private. Used of appointments of cardinals by the pope undisclosed in consistory.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In or within the breast; in reserve; not disclosed.

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  • adjective Secret, private.
  • adjective Roman Catholicism Designated as a cardinal but not yet announced.
  • adverb Privately, in secret.

Etymologies

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

[Italian : in, in + petto, breast.]

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From Italian in ("in") and petto ("chest").

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  • I have still more contrivances in embryo. I could tell thee of an hundred, and still hold another hundred in petto, to pop in as I go along, to excite thy surprise, and to keep up thy attention.

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 14, 2007

  • In secret, held in reserve. (Literally: in the breast)

    December 14, 2007