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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.