Silentiary

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Silentiary One appointed to keep silence and order in court; also, one sworn not to divulge secrets of state.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n silentiary One appointed to keep silence and order, especially in a court of justice or a public assembly.
    • n silentiary A privy councilor; one sworn not to divulge secrets of state: as, Paul the Silentiary (Paulus Silentiarius), an officer of Justinian's court.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Silentiary one who keeps order in an assembly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. silentiarius,: cf. F. silenciaire,. See Silence
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sil─ôre, to be silent.