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in petto

[een-pet-taw; English in-pet-oh]
adjective, adverb Italian.
  1. (of cardinals whom the pope appoints but does not disclose in consistory) not disclosed.
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Origin of in petto

literally, in (the) breast
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British Dictionary definitions for in petto

in petto

adjective
  1. RC Church not disclosed: used of the names of cardinals designate
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Word Origin

Italian, literally: in the breast
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