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 Dictionary entry overview: What does clandestine mean? 

CLANDESTINE (adjective)
  The adjective CLANDESTINE has 1 sense:

1. conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

  Familiarity information: CLANDESTINE used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CLANDESTINE (adjective)

Sense 1clandestine [BACK TO TOP]


Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods


clandestine; cloak-and-dagger; hush-hush; undercover; hole-and-corner; hugger-mugger; secret; surreptitious; underground

Context examples:

clandestine intelligence operations / cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines / hole-and-corner intrigue / secret missions / a secret agent / secret sales of arms / surreptitious mobilization of troops / an undercover investigation / underground resistance


covert (secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed)

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