Definition of sub rosa in English:

sub rosa

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adjective

formal
  • Happening or done in secret.

    ‘sub rosa inspections’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

sub rosa

/ˌsəb ˈrōzə/ /ˌsəb ˈroʊzə/

adverb

formal
  • In secret.

    • ‘the committee operates sub rosa’
    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 ourselves
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Pronunciation

sub rosa

/ˌsəb ˈrōzə/ /ˌsəb ˈroʊzə/

Origin

Latin, literally ‘under the rose’, as an emblem of secrecy.