Mute is defined as silent or not capable of speaking.(adjective)
An example of something mute is a television with the sound turned off.
The definition of a mute is a person who chooses to not speak or who cannot speak.(noun)
An example of a mute is a person who has always been deaf and has never spoken.
See mute in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME mewet < OFr muet < mu < L mutus, silent: for IE base see mope
See mute in American Heritage Dictionary 4
adjective mut·er, mut·est
Origin: Middle English muet
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from
Origin: diminutive of mu
Origin: , from Latin mūtus.
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