WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- the state or quality of being reserved or reticent in conversation.
- 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
- usually keeping silent; not saying much:a taciturn gentleman.
- stern and silent in expression and manner:The men were taciturn, thinking about the mission ahead.
- inclined to silence;
reserved in speech;
reluctant to join in conversation.
- 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
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged silent, uncommunicative, reticent, quiet.