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qui·​et ˈkwī-ət How to pronounce quiet (audio)
: the quality or state of being quiet (see quiet entry 2) : tranquility


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: free from noise or uproar : still
a quiet room
The lights went down and the theater became quiet.
: making or involving no noise or very little noise
a quiet motor
a quiet conversation
Everyone suddenly went quiet.
Please be quiet—people are trying to study.
: tending to speak very little : not loquacious
He was a quiet, reserved person.
: unobtrusive, conservative
quiet clothes/colors
: marked by little or no motion or activity : calm
a quiet sea
At such an early hour, the streets seemed strangely quiet.
: gentle, easygoing
a quiet temperament
: not disturbed by noise or activity
quiet reading
a moment of quiet contemplation
: enjoyed in peace and relaxation
a quiet cup of tea
: secluded
a quiet nook
: carried out secretly or discreetly
quiet diplomacy
: not made known openly or publicly
worked with quiet determination
She had a quiet confidence about her.
He took a quiet satisfaction in a job well done.
quietly adverb
quietness noun


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: in a quiet manner
an engine that runs quiet


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quieted; quieting; quiets

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
on the quiet
: in a secretive manner : in secret

Examples of quiet in a Sentence

Noun 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
When my parents needed peace and quiet, they didn't put me in front of the television to watch a "Baby Einstein" video; they plopped me in a chair to watch my mom do housework or cook. Robb Moretti, Newsweek, 5 Aug. 2002
the quiet of a wooded trail Can I have some quiet here? I'm trying to study. I need a little peace and quiet. Adjective 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
One change I notice is that I get sleepy earlier than I used to, sometimes by 8:30 or 9 if I am having a quiet evening at home. Andrew Weil, Time, 17 Oct. 2005
I interviewed Virginia, who is totally blind, in a small local library. Walking with her guide dog, this young-looking woman arrived soon after I came in. We found a quiet corner to sit and talk while her dog settled beside her chair. At forty-three, Virginia was used to telling her story and found time for our interview in her busy travel schedule. She had just returned from San Francisco where she had spoken at the California Academy of Sciences and was about to leave for Montreal, Canada, to conduct workshops in diversity awareness. Mary Grimley Mason, Working Against Odds, 2004
Attributing their behaviors to their personal dispositions, we decide Julie is shy and Jack is outgoing. Because people do have enduring personality traits, such attributions are sometimes valid. However, we often overestimate the influence of personality and underestimate the influence of situations. In class, Jack may be as quiet as Julie. Catch Julie at a party and you may hardly recognize your quiet classmate. David G. Myers, Psychology, 2001
the quiet hum of the refrigerator He spoke in a very quiet voice. Surprisingly, the class was quiet. He's a very quiet person. She has a quiet disposition. During the morning, business was quiet. Some days at the store are quieter than others. a quiet stretch of road He led a quiet life. Adverb lie quiet and no one will guess you're hiding under the bed Verb 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
When she walked down the hall past his classroom, the sounds of chaos came over the frosted-glass pane above the door. She had taken to making random visits; the sight of her in the doorway quieted the kids. Mary Gordon, Atlantic, May 1999
Even with that, Presser was so scared that he fled to Florida and moved from hotel to hotel till the gang war quieted down, with his side on top. A. H. Raskin, New York Times Book Review, 10 Dec. 1989
the museum docent told the rowdy youngsters to quiet down for the tour quiet a crying toddler with candy See More
Recent Examples on the Web
In the quiet of their ranch house in southern Pennsylvania, just across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg, there would be no nurses deciding what medicines to give, or remembering how many times Shelby is supposed to be fed through her tube each day. Brittany Trang, STAT, 13 Dec. 2023 In the quiet of that moment, a sense of acceptance washed over him. Ben Lerner, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 The 724-person village, hugging the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, is probably best known as the headquarters of MacKenzie-Childs, the homewares retailer that still paints its distinctive serveware by hand in the blissful quiet of this stretch of Cayuga County. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2023 In the quiet of their bedrooms, girls sized themselves up in the mirror and fretted. Valorie Lee Schaefer, ELLE, 22 Aug. 2023 From the roar of a crowd to the quiet of a library, sound and silence might seem like polar opposites. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2023 Photo: Viva Pedestrian activity picks up as soon as the barricades for the 34th Avenue open street in Jackson Heights are put in place at 7 a.m., the first wave of commuters emerging from the early-morning quiet. Curbed, 13 Apr. 2023 Russian bombs and missiles shattered the early-morning quiet in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and other cities on Feb. 24. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 In the quiet of your solitude, close your eyes, bow your head, grit your teeth, clench your fist, ache in your heart, vow and dedicate yourself to achieve. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2023
For instance, if quiet quitting was less about being quiet and less about quitting, could engagement be restored? Melissa A. Wheeler, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Using apps like Forest can help limit phone usage, and dedicating a specific quiet space for study can enhance focus. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 The close but quiet cooperation with the PA security forces and Israel is well known nor do Fatah officials forget their comrades hurled from Gazan rooftops in 2007 by Hamas. TIME, 20 Feb. 2024 With the show not in production, the place was quiet, except for a couple drinking wine in the corner and two eager-looking women, one of whom eventually approached. Irina Aleksander, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 As the human and tentacled CGI creature become friends, what follows is a quiet and exquisitely shot interstellar dreamlike meditation on life, regret and relationships. Alex Ritman, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024 On an otherwise quiet, residential street, a crowd of young people gathered by the hundreds to the sounds of melodic growls and 808 drum beats. Lotoya Francis, Rolling Stone, 19 Feb. 2024 At a time when most Amazon communities would be alive — villagers delighting in the coolness of dusk — the village was abnormally quiet. Bishop Sand, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 Courtesy of Open Research The organization has remained quiet throughout its research; Rhodes has rarely done interviews. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024
Cue the quiet-quitting backlash: The concept has sparked a flood of vehement commentary from business leaders, career coaches and other professionals lamenting what the shift away from hustle culture means for Americans’ commitment to their jobs, while some young professionals are praising it. Kathryn Dill and Angela Yang, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2022 Some workers just quiet-quit, doing the minimum to hold on to their jobs. Christopher Dinsmore, Baltimore Sun, 8 Dec. 2022 On another end were the quiet-seeking bedrooms and bathrooms, one with a step-down Roman shower. oregonlive, 7 Nov. 2022 The quiet-quitting phenomenon where employees simply perform their duties without going the extra mile to forgo hustle culture has been rippling through the workplace. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2022 The emergence of the quiet-quitting phenomenon isn't a fluke, experts say. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 24 Aug. 2022 Some of the same companies staying quiet now have spoken up on human-rights issues in other parts of the world. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2022 This quiet-running progressive resistance bike trainer that offers a road-like feel is once again our top choice for the best model. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, 25 Sep. 2020 The Stadio San Paolo, Napoli's famed crumbling colosseum, erupted as Mertens headed home from Adrian's save, only to fall quiet after seeing the linesman's flag raised for an obvious offside. Matias Grez, CNN, 17 Sep. 2019
An instructor quieted the room, asked for the beeping heart monitors to be shut off and turned to the participants. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 One of the best quarterbacks of all-time Chiefs coach Andy Reid isn’t quieting the hype. Scott Chasen, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 By the end of the Bruins’ big bounce-back victory over Washington, Andrews had notched a career-high eight assists with only two turnovers while possibly quieting some of his critics and giving himself a huge confidence boost. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2024 Breezes from the west and northwest, with initial gusts near 25 mph a couple of times during the evening, should quiet nicely after midnight. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2023 The rental housing market has quieted in other ways, too, with depressed sale prices on apartment buildings and less activity on new construction. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 28 Jan. 2024 The father of a 4-month-old is accused of fatally abusing his son while trying to quiet him down, Oklahoma police say. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 18 Jan. 2024 The gunshot and the tear gas immediately quieted the crowd. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2024 The buzz around artificial intelligence shows no signs of quieting—a fact that will become all too obvious at this year’s CES. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 29 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English quiet, quiete, borrowed from Anglo-French quiete, borrowed from Latin quiēt-, quiēs "repose, sleep, rest, peaceful conditions," going back to Indo-European *kwi̯eh1-ti-, noun derivative of a verbal base *kwi̯eh1- "have a rest," whence Avestan š́iiā- "be glad," Old Church Slavic počijǫ, počiti "to have a rest" (causative pokojǫ, pokoiti "to calm, quiet"), Armenian hangeaw "has rested," and (from deverbal *kwi̯eh1-to-) Avestan š́iiāta- "peaceful, happy," Old Persian šiyāta-, Latin quiētus "at rest, quiet entry 2"


Middle English quyet, quyete, quiete, borrowed from Anglo-French & Middle French quiete, borrowed from Latin quiētus "at rest, inactive, peaceful" — more at quiet entry 1


derivative of quiet entry 2


Middle English quieten, borrowed from Late Latin quiētāre "to become quiet, make quiet, put to rest," derivative of Latin quiētus "at rest, quiet entry 2"

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1573, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quiet was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Quiet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiet. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 noun
qui·​et ˈkwī-ət How to pronounce quiet (audio)
: the quality or state of being quiet


2 of 3 adjective
: marked by little or no motion, activity, or noise : calm
: gentle entry 1 sense 2b, easygoing
a quiet disposition
: not disturbed : peaceful
enjoyed a quiet dinner for two
: not colorful or showy : conservative
quiet clothes
: hidden from public view
a quiet corner
quiet adverb
quietly adverb
quietness noun


3 of 3 verb
: to make or become quiet
quieter noun

Legal Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: free from disturbance, interference, or dispute (as from an adverse claim)
quiet enjoyment of property


2 of 2 transitive verb
: to establish or make (title) secure by means of an action that produces a final determination of the respective rights of parties who are in dispute over property compare cloud on title

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