from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who keeps silent, especially from religious motives
- n. An official at any of several courts who maintained silence
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One appointed to keep silence and order in court; also, one sworn not to divulge secrets of state.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One appointed to keep silence and order, especially in a court of justice or a public assembly.
- n. A privy councilor; one sworn not to divulge secrets of state: as, Paul the Silentiary (Paulus Silentiarius), an officer of Justinian's court.
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