discreet etymology

English word discreet comes from Latin cerno, and later Latin discretus (Differentiated. Discrete. Separate.)

Detailed word origin of discreet

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cerno Latin (lat) I decide. I distinguish, discern, see. I perceive. I separate, sift.
discerno Latin (lat) (figurative, based upon a thing's qualities) I distinguish between, discern.. (figuratively) I determine, settle.. (figuratively) I except, omit. I separate, set apart, divide, part.
discretus Latin (lat) Differentiated. Discrete. Separate.
discrētus Malayalam (mal)
discret Old French (fro) Different (not identical).
discreet English (eng) Not drawing attention, anger or challenge; inconspicuous.. Respectful of privacy or secrecy; quiet; diplomatic.

Words with the same origin as discreet

Descendants of cerno
certain certainty concern concrete crime criminal decree discretion discrimination espresso express expression incriminating secret secretary secretive