noun qui·et \ˈkwī-ət\

: the quality or state of being quiet or calm

Full Definition of QUIET

:  the quality or state of being quiet (see 2quiet):  tranquillity
on the quiet
:  in a secretive manner :  in secret

Examples of QUIET

  1. the quiet of a wooded trail
  2. Can I have some quiet here? I'm trying to study.
  3. I need a little peace and quiet.
  4. My hostess told me she had some records I might like to hear and she called for quiet in the room. People sat down on the floor in groups, sharing bottles of wine and slivovitz. The host put the record on a windup record player and Lester Young's saxophone yowled out of the silence. —Maya Angelou, Gourmet, November 2002

Origin of QUIET

Middle English, from Anglo-French quiete, Latin quiet-, quies rest, quiet — more at while
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with QUIET


adjective qui·et \ˈkwī-ət\

: making very little noise

: not talking

: tending not to talk very much

Full Definition of QUIET

a :  marked by little or no motion or activity :  calm <a quiet sea>
b :  gentle, easygoing <a quiet temperament>
c :  not interfered with <quiet reading>
d :  enjoyed in peace and relaxation <a quiet cup of tea>
a :  free from noise or uproar :  still
b :  unobtrusive, conservative <quiet clothes>
:  secluded <a quiet nook>
qui·et·ly adverb
qui·et·ness noun

Examples of QUIET

  1. the quiet hum of the refrigerator
  2. He spoke in a very quiet voice.
  3. Surprisingly, the class was quiet.
  4. He's a very quiet person.
  5. She has a quiet disposition.
  6. During the morning, business was quiet.
  7. Some days at the store are quieter than others.
  8. a quiet stretch of road
  9. He led a quiet life.
  10. Breakfast at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, a members-only institution founded in the city now called Mumbai in 1846 by British colonial officers, is a meal of quiet elegance. The second-story veranda looks out over a small garden and, beyond that, the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Hotel. Outside is the tumult of horse-drawn carriages, touts, and taxis. Inside is peaceful stillness, broken only by the sounds of crunched-on toast and rustling newspapers. —Lyla Bavadam, Saveur, October 2008

Origin of QUIET

Middle English, from Middle French quiete, from Latin quietus, from past participle of quiescere
First Known Use: 14th century


adverb qui·et \ˈkwī-ət\

Definition of QUIET

:  in a quiet manner <an engine that runs quiet>

Examples of QUIET

  1. <lie quiet and no one will guess you're hiding under the bed>

Origin of QUIET

(see 2quiet)
First Known Use: 1573

Related to QUIET


verb qui·et \ˈkwī-ət\

: to make (someone or something) quieter, calmer, or less intense

Full Definition of QUIET

transitive verb
:  to cause to be quiet :  calm
:  to make secure by freeing from dispute or question <quiet title to a property>
intransitive verb
:  to become quiet —usually used with down
qui·et·er noun

Examples of QUIET

  1. <the museum docent told the rowdy youngsters to quiet down for the tour>
  2. <quiet a crying toddler with candy>
  3. Clemens had few questions to answer about Piazza. The beanball and broken bat from 2000, and the Mets' tepid retaliation last season, were memories. And since Clemens recorded his 300th victory on June 13, the buzz around him has quieted. —Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 29 June 2003

Origin of QUIET

Middle English, from Late Latin quietare to set free, to calm, from Latin quietus
First Known Use: 14th century


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