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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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