Meaning of silent auction in English:

silent auction

noun

  • An auction, often for charity, at which bids are made in writing and then sealed, with the highest bid winning.

Pronunciation

silent auction

/ˌsʌɪlənt ˈɔːkʃn/ /ˌsʌɪlənt ˈɒkʃn/ /ˌsʌɪl(ə)nt ˈɔːkʃn/

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Fortnightly Review. From silent + auction.