tacet

musical direction
ta·cet | \ˈtā-sət, ˈta-sət; ˈtä-ˌket \

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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