(as a direction) with the voice or instrument silent.‘the concert finishes with the piano playing tacet before doom arrives’
- ‘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.’
Performed with the voice or instrument silent.
- ‘one of the men was pulling out his phone and texting whenever he had a few tacet measures’
Latin, literally ‘is silent’, from tacere ‘be silent’.