Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “silent”

silent

adjective     /ˈsaɪlənt/
NO SOUND B1 without any sound: The building was dark and silent. At last the guns fell silent.Silence and quiet
NO TALKING B2 without talking: He remains silent about his plans.Falling silent and not speaking
LETTER If a letter in a word is silent, it is not pronounced: The 'p' in 'receipt' is silent.Phonology and phonetics
silently adverb B2 The snow fell silently all around them.
(Definition of silent adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “silent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

neighbourly

friendly or helpful

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More