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Sub Rosa Meaning & Synonyms from 601 Words You Need

Sub rosa meaning and synonyms from the book 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam together with synonyms and antonyms + illustrations. This Latin phrase in English is recommended to GRE candidates and advanced learners of English.

/sʌb ˈrəʊzə/ (adj & adv)

Sub rosa meaning

happening or done secretly or confidentially, in private, in a stealthy way, privately, in Latin it means: under the rose which was the symbol of confidentiality, clandestinely, furtively, surreptitiously, covertly


If a meeting is held sub rosa, it means that it’s held in private. A private meeting means a meeting or part of a meeting of a decision making body which is open to the public except to the extent that the public are excluded due to the confidential or exempt business to be transacted.

Source of example:


publicly, in public

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