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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

discreet, discrete

Note the different spellings and meanings of these homonyms.

Discreet means “tactful, circumspect or prudent.”

  • Guests at the Château Frontenac can count on our staff to be discreet.

Discrete means “separate or distinct.”

  • This painting by Picasso is made up of thousands of discrete blocks of colour.