musical direction
ta·​cet | \ ˈtā-sət How to pronounce tacet (audio) , ˈta-sət How to pronounce tacet (audio) ; ˈtä-ˌket How to pronounce tacet (audio) \

Definition of tacet

used as a direction in music to indicate that an instrument is not to play during a movement or long section

First Known Use of tacet

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tacet

Latin, literally, (it) is silent, from tacēre to be silent — more at tacit

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The first known use of tacet was circa 1724

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“Tacet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tacet. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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