One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbMusic
(as a direction) indicating that a voice or instrument is silent.
- ‘In so labour-intensive an undertaking as a symphony, we regard the long oboe tacet passages to be extremely wasteful.’
- ‘I love the ascending figure he plays just at the beginning of his solo, when the rest of the gang is briefly tacet - that bit is pure invention.’
- ‘For this song, I was tacet on reps 1-3.’
Latin, literally ‘is silent’, from tacere ‘be silent’.
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