sub rosa

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sub ro·sa

In secret; privately or confidentially: held the meeting sub rosa.

[Latin sub rosā, under the rose (from the practice of hanging a rose over a meeting as a symbol of confidentiality) : sub, under + rosā, ablative of rosa, rose.]

sub-ro′sa (səb-rō′zə) adj.

sub rosa

in secret
[Latin, literally: under the rose; from the rose that, in ancient times, was hung over the council table, as a token of secrecy]

sub ro•sa

(sʌb ˈroʊ zə)
confidentially; secretly; privately.
[1920–25; < Latin: literally, under the rose, from the ancient use of the rose at meetings as a symbol of the sworn confidence of the participants]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.sub rosa - in secret or covertly; "held a meeting sub rosa to avoid general criticism"

sub rosa

In a secret way:
Idioms: by stealth, on the sly, under cover.
Existing or operating in a way so as to ensure complete concealment and confidentiality:
Informal: hush-hush.
Idiom: under wraps.

sub rosa

A. ADJsecreto, de confianza
B. ADVen secreto, en confianza
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