[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
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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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