Definition of sub rosa in English:

sub rosa

Pronunciation /ˌsəb ˈrōzə/ /ˌsəb ˈroʊzə/

adjective & adverb

  • Happening or done in secret.

    as adverb ‘the committee operates sub rosa’
    as adjective ‘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.’
    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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Latin, literally ‘under the rose’, as an emblem of secrecy.


sub rosa

/ˌsəb ˈrōzə/ /ˌsəb ˈroʊzə/