sub rosa

sub rosa

[suhb roh-zuh]
noun
confidentially; secretly; privately.

Origin:
1920–25; < Latin sub rosā literally, under the rose, from the ancient use of the rose at meetings as a symbol of the sworn confidence of the participants

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sub rosa (ˈrəʊzə)
 
adv
in secret
 
[Latin, literally: under the rose; from the rose that, in ancient times, was hung over the council table, as a token of secrecy]

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sub rosa
1654, "privately, secretly," from L., lit. "under the rose," which was regarded as a symbol of secrecy.
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