qui·​etude | \ˈkwī-ə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of quietude 

: a quiet state : repose

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Examples of quietude in a Sentence

after his tantrum, the toddler lapsed into an exhausted quietude and fell asleep the quietude of the early morning was broken only by the occasional chirping of birds

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Its quietude, the total lack of permanent residents, the temperatures that are the coldest on Earth. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "This Icelandic Apartment Is Filled With Small-Space Inspiration," 16 Aug. 2018 Similarly, the civility of the engine complements the cabin’s quietude. Al Haas, Philly.com, "With Atlas, Volkswagen offers roomy newcomer to the midsize crossover market | Al Haas," 7 May 2018 Texas Guandi Temple and Tian Hau Temple Much has been made of the sense of serenity experienced at the Rothko Chapel in Montrose, but quietude and reflection is also available on the east side. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Let’s Go, EaDo: What to check out on Houston’s changing east side," 14 June 2018 Imai and his restaurant have a quietude, a humility and openness. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Explore Kyoto With the Chefs Who Are Turning Culinary Tradition on Its Head," 28 May 2018 Barry can head out to the quietude of the countryside. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s Barry had a darkly funny, near-perfect first season. Should it quit while it’s ahead?," 20 May 2018 What did surprise me was amount of ride comfort and quietude that accompanied that rough riding. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Redesigned 2019 Ram delivers off-roading in quiet comfort," 19 Mar. 2018 Soon after, laws that banned occupational noises, preventing people from working for a living in order to protect the quietude, appeared in Boston; Little Rock, Arkansas; San Francisco; and elsewhere. Kate Wagner, The Atlantic, "City Noise Might Be Making You Sick," 20 Feb. 2018 In the first of two sets at the Sinclair on Wednesday, Batiste, playing solo, delivered plenty of energy, but there was also quietude and nuanced expression to go along with his virtuoso chops and capacious personality. Jon Garelick, BostonGlobe.com, "Jon Batiste shifts speeds in a spirited solo show at the Sinclair," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of quietude

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quietude

borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin quiētūdō, from Latin quiētus quiet entry 2 + -tūdō, suffix of abstract nouns

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English Language Learners Definition of quietude

: the state of being quiet or calm

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