Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The breast.

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

  • noun The breast.
  • noun in the breast; hence, in secrecy; in reserve.

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  • noun Only used in in petto

Etymologies

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Examples

  • I had long kept it in petto as my ultimate remedy.

    Belinda

  • Robert Southey your arguments are answered in petto [2] & you shall have them on paper soon. you cannot conceive how much I miss Combe in packing up. tomorrow morning I depart & when you get this you may fancy me half starvd about Tetbury ruminating upon the days to come & anticipating all the horrors of examination. suppose each College should associate like the Crown & Anchor [3] what will become of Basil?

    Letter 36

  • And, although I don't speak Italian, I do speak Spanish, and I've listened to enough Italian opera to have picked up a lot of vocab from it; I find myself hanging on every word of that, again, despite the idiocy of many libretti I'm sorry, but "Mille serpenti mi devoran il petto", anyone?

    A mixed evening...

  • And, although I don't speak Italian, I do speak Spanish, and I've listened to enough Italian opera to have picked up a lot of vocab from it; I find myself hanging on every word of that, again, despite the idiocy of many libretti I'm sorry, but "Mille serpenti mi devoran il petto", anyone?

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • E adesso tutti in coro: Voglio dormire sul tuo petto stanotte, anche se puzzo di pesce…

    No Fat Clips!!! : TAKASHI TANIGUCHI – Mr. Ando of the Woods

  • Centre; provided that we are allowed to laugh in petto at both kings and peoples, to think one thing in the morning and another at night, and to lead a merry life a la Panurge, or to recline upon soft cushions, more orientali.

    The Magic Skin

  • The rabid Liberal became a Monarchist in petto; Lucien set his teeth in the apple of desire of rank, luxury, and fame.

    Two Poets

  • An old fan-maker having remarked that such a prodigal would soon bring his wife to beggary, father Guillaume prided himself _in petto_ for his prudence in the matter of marriage settlements.

    At the Sign of the Cat and Racket

  • The rabid Liberal became a Monarchist in petto; Lucien set his teeth in the apple of desire of rank, luxury, and fame.

    Two Poets

  • An old fan-maker having remarked that such a prodigal would soon bring his wife to beggary, father Guillaume prided himself _in petto_ for his prudence in the matter of marriage settlements.

    At the Sign of the Cat and Racket

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  • (noun) - The breast; figuratively privacy, as in petto, in reserve.

    --William Grimshaw's Ladies' Lexicon and Parlour Companion, 1854

    January 14, 2018