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in pet·to(ĭn pĕt′ō)
adv. & adj. Roman Catholic Church
In secret or private. Used of appointments of cardinals by the pope undisclosed in consistory.
[Italian : in, in + petto, breast.]
in petto(ɪn ˈpɛtəʊ)
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church not disclosed: used of the names of cardinals designate
[Italian, literally: in the breast]
in pet•to(inˈpɛt tɔ)
adv., adj. Italian.
(of cardinals whom the pope appoints but does not disclose in consistory) in secret or private; not disclosed.
[literally, in (the) breast]