- open to view or knowledge; not concealed or secret: overt hostility.
- Heraldry. (of a device, as a purse) represented as open: a purse overt.
- open to view; observable
- law open; deliberate. Criminal intent may be inferred from an overt act
adj.early 14c., “open to view,” from Old French overt (Modern French ouvert), past participle of ovrir “to open,” from Latin aperire “to open, uncover,” from PIE *ap-wer-yo- from *ap- “off, away” + base *wer- “to cover” (see weir). Cf. Latin operire “to cover,” from the same root with PIE prefix *op- “over;” and Lithuanian atveriu “open,” uzveriu “shut.”