One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbformal
Happening or done in secret.as adverb ‘the committee operates sub rosa’as adjective ‘sub rosa inspections’
in secret, secretly, in private, privately, in confidence, confidentially, behind closed doors, surreptitiously, discreetly, furtively, clandestinely, on the quiet, on the sly, unofficially, off the record, between ourselvesView synonyms
- ‘Sub Rosa is a Latin term meaning secrecy, literally translating to ‘under the rose’. The rose in ancient times was a symbol of sworn confidence of participants at a meeting.’
Latin, literally ‘under the rose’, as an emblem of secrecy.
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