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[tah-ket, tas-it, tey-sit]
verb (imperative) Music.
  1. be silent (directing an instrument or voice not to play or sing).
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Origin of tacet

1715–25; < Latin: literally, (it) is silent
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British Dictionary definitions for tacet


  1. (intr) (on a musical score) a direction indicating that a particular instrument or singer does not take part in a movement or part of a movement
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Word Origin for tacet

C18: from Latin: it is silent, from tacēre to be quiet
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Word Origin and History for tacet

1724, from Latin tacet "is silent," from tacere (see tacit).

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