Meaning of SILENT in English


/ ˈsaɪlənt; NAmE / adjective


( 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) .


[ only before noun ] ( especially of a man ) not talking very much

SYN quiet :

He's the strong silent type.


where there is little or no sound; making little or no sound

SYN quiet :

At last the traffic fell silent .

The streets were silent and deserted.


[ only before noun ] not expressed with words or sound :

a silent prayer / protest

They nodded in silent agreement .


silent (on / about sth) not giving information about sth; refusing to speak about sth :

The report is strangely silent on this issue.

the right to remain silent (= the legal right not to say anything when you are arrested)


[ only before noun ] ( of old films / movies ) with pictures but no sound :

a silent film / movie

stars of the silent screen


( of a letter in a word ) written but not pronounced :

The 'b' in 'lamb' is silent.



late 15th cent. (in the sense not speaking ): from Latin silent- being silent, from the verb silere .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.