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.

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Origin of in petto

Literally, “in (the) breast”
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British Dictionary definitions for in petto

in petto
/ (ɪn ˈpɛtəʊ) /

adjective

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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