Definition of silent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪlənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪlənt//
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  1. 1  (of a person) not speaking to remain/stay/keep silent They huddled together in silent groups. As the curtain rose, the audience fell silent. He gave me the silent treatment (= did not speak to me because he was angry).
  2. 2  [only before noun] (especially of a man) not talking very much synonym quiet He's the strong silent type.
  3. 3  where there is little or no sound; making little or no sound synonym quiet At last the traffic fell silent. The streets were silent and deserted.
  4. 4  [only before noun] not expressed with words or sound a silent prayer/protest They nodded in silent agreement.
  5. 5silent (on/about something) not giving information about something; refusing to speak about something The report is strangely silent on this issue. the right to remain silent (= the legal right not to say anything when you are arrested)
  6. 6[only before noun] (of old films/movies) with pictures but no sound a silent film/movie stars of the silent screen See related entries: Types of film
  7. 7(of a letter in a word) written but not pronounced The ‘b’ in ‘lamb’ is silent.
  8. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘not speaking’): from Latin silent- ‘being silent’, from the verb silere.Extra examples I could not keep silent any longer. Len remained obstinately silent. She sat silent throughout the meal. The crowd fell silent as she began to speak. The new bus is virtually silent. The report was silent on that subject. The room grew silent as the men entered. The street lay silent and deserted. The street was strangely silent. They had kept remarkably silent about their intentions. This is a subject about which the official documents are ominously silent. an issue about which the researchers are largely silent As darkness began to fall, the cannon fell silent. As the curtain rose, the audience fell silent. He’s the strong, silent type. She closed her eyes to say a silent prayer. They nodded in silent agreement. We were asked to remain silent for two minutes.
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