Definition of "mute" []

  • Refraining from producing speech or vocal sound. (adjective)
  • Often Offensive Unable to speak. (adjective)
  • Unable to vocalize, as certain animals. (adjective)
  • Expressed without speech; unspoken: a mute appeal. (adjective)
  • Law Refusing to plead when under arraignment. (adjective)
  • Not giving out sound or speech; silent (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Unspoken or unexpressed (adjective)
  • (of a person arraigned on indictment) refusing to answer a charge (adjective)
  • (of a letter in a word) silent (adjective)
  • A person who refuses to plead when arraigned on indictment for an offence (noun)
  • Any of various devices used to soften the tone of stringed or brass instruments (noun)
  • A plosive consonant; stop (noun)
  • A silent letter (noun)
  • An actor in a dumb show (noun)
  • A hired mourner at a funeral (noun)
  • To reduce the volume of (a musical instrument) by means of a mute, soft pedal, etc (verb)
  • To subdue the strength of (a colour, tone, lighting, etc) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "mute" in a sentence
  • "Her eyes clung to him, her expression mute in its appeal."
  • "On account of the great progress made, especially during the last century, in the education of deaf-mutes, by which a large percentage are taught to speak, the term mute is also omitted when speaking of matters pertaining to that class formerly designated as"
  • ""It is what we call a mute 'e'; but it exercises a modifying influence on the preceding vowel.""