Origin of clandestine
Examples from the Web for clandestine
Never mind the huge buildup of clandestine operatives and secret warriors since 9/11.
Undeterred by the snub in November, and denied a visa to Italy, Agca made plans for clandestine travel to Vatican City.
People there remember rather fondly the clandestine airdrops by the CIA during the 1980s.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Such a clandestine and pathological way of drinking increases the chances of becoming an alcoholic exponentially,” says Alireza.
Panahi was arrested by the Islamic Republic police in 2009 during the clandestine shooting of a film without a government permit.
At the top of a knoll in a clandestine group of trees they found "Viewcrest Inn."We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
To forget his treachery, he enters into a clandestine relationship with an actress of the town.The Social Significance of the Modern Drama|Emma Goldman
There might have been, but had not been, a clandestine marriage.Lady Anna|Anthony Trollope
And then Rachel told all the story of her clandestine engagement, as the reader already knows it, without any reservations.A Mere Chance, Vol. 2 of 3|Ada Cambridge
Yes, but he does not know that Captain Butler has presumed—has dared to press a clandestine suit with you!The Reckoning|Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for clandestine
Word Origin for clandestine
Word Origin and History for clandestine
1560s, from Latin clandestinus "secret, hidden," from clam "secretly," from adverbial derivative of base of celare "to hide" (see cell), perhaps on model of intestinus "internal." Related: Clandestinely. As a noun form, there is awkward clandestinity (clandestineness apparently being a dictionary word).