[ sahy-luhns ]
/ ˈsaɪ ləns /


verb (used with object), si·lenced, si·lenc·ing.


be silent! “Silence!” the teacher shouted.

Origin of silence

1175–1225; Middle English (noun) < Old French < Latin silentium. See silent, -ence

Related forms

o·ver·si·lence, nounun·si·lenced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for silence


/ (ˈsaɪləns) /


verb (tr)

to bring to silence
to put a stop to; extinguishto silence all complaint

Word Origin for silence

C13: via Old French from Latin silēntium, from silēre to be quiet. See silent
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