Silence etymology


English word silence comes from Latin sileo

Etymology of silence

Detailed word origin of silence

Dictionary entry Language Definition
sileo Latin (lat) (transitive) I keep silent over or about.. I am inactive; rest, cease.. I am silent, noiseless, quiet, make no sound; speak not, I am quiet.
silentium Latin (lat) Inaction, inactivity, cessation, standstill. Obscurity. Silence, stillness, quiet, noiselessness.
silence Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
silence English (en) (imperative) Be silent. (molecular biology) To block gene expression.. (transitive) To make (someone or something) silent.. (transitive) To repress the expression of something.. (transitive) To suppress criticism, etc. Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.. The act of refraining from speaking.. The lack of any sound.