in petto

[een-pet-taw; English in-pet-oh]

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for in petto

in petto


RC Church not disclosed: used of the names of cardinals designate

Word Origin for in petto

Italian, literally: in the breast
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