silentiary

noun si·len·ti·ary \sīˈlenchēˌerē\

Definition of silentiary

plural

-es

  1. 1 :  an advocate of silence especially as a religious observance

  2. 2 :  one of various court officials of the later Roman Empire sworn not to divulge secrets of state

  3. 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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