Definition of silentiary
1 : an advocate of silence especially as a religious observance
2 : one of various court officials of the later Roman Empire sworn not to divulge secrets of state
3 : one appointed to keep silence and order (as in a court of law or a public assembly)
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Origin and Etymology of silentiary
Latin silentiarius slave charged with maintaining silence among the domestic staff, from silentium silence + -arius -ary
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