musical direction

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

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tacet was circa 1724

Dictionary Entries Near tacet

Cite this Entry

“Tacet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tacet. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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