WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
tac•i•tur•ni•ty  (tas′i tûrni tē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the state or quality of being reserved or reticent in conversation.
  2. Law[Scots Law.]the relinquishing of a legal right through an unduly long delay, as by the silence of the creditor.
  • Latin taciturnitās, equivalent. to taciturn(us) taciturn + -itās -ity
  • late Middle English 1400–50

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
tac•i•turn /ˈtæsɪˌtɜrn/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. usually keeping silent; not saying much:a taciturn gentleman.
  2. stern and silent in expression and manner:The men were taciturn, thinking about the mission ahead.
tac•i•tur•ni•ty /ˌtæsɪˈtɜrnɪti/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
tac•i•turn•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
tac•i•turn  (tasi tûrn′),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. inclined to silence;
    reserved in speech;
    reluctant to join in conversation.
  2. dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner.
taci•turn′ly, adv. 
  • Latin taciturnus, quiet, maintaining silence, equivalent. to tacit(us) silent (see tacit) + -urnus adjective, adjectival suffix of time
  • 1765–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged silent, uncommunicative, reticent, quiet.

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