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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
tac•i•turn /ˈtæsɪˌtɝn/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 /ˌtæsɪˈtɝnɪti/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
tac•i•turn•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
tac•i•turn  (tasi tûrn′), 
  1. inclined to silence;
    reserved in speech;
    reluctant to join in conversation.
  2. dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner.
  • Latin taciturnus, quiet, maintaining silence, equivalent. to tacit(us) silent (see tacit) + -urnus adjective, adjectival suffix of time
  • 1765–75
taci•turn′ly, adv. 
1 . silent, uncommunicative, reticent, quiet.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

taciturn /ˈtæsɪˌtɜːn/ adj
  1. habitually silent, reserved, or uncommunicative; not inclined to conversation
Etymology: 18th Century: from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus silent, from tacēre to be silent

ˌtaciˈturnity n ˈtaciˌturnly adv


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