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in petto

[een-pet-taw; English in-pet-oh] /inˈpɛt tɔ; English ɪnˈpɛt oʊ/
adjective, adverb, Italian.
(of cardinals whom the pope appoints but does not disclose in consistory) not disclosed.
Origin of in petto
literally, in (the) breast Unabridged
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in petto

/ɪn ˈpɛtəʊ/
(RC Church) not disclosed: used of the names of cardinals designate
Word Origin
Italian, literally: in the breast
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