tran·​quil | \ ˈtraŋ-kwəl How to pronounce tranquil (audio) , ˈtran- \

Definition of tranquil

1a : free from agitation of mind or spirit a tranquil self-assurance
b : free from disturbance or turmoil a tranquil scene
2 : unvarying in aspect : steady, stable

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Other Words from tranquil

tranquilly \ ˈtraŋ-​kwə-​lē How to pronounce tranquilly (audio) , ˈtran-​ \ adverb
tranquilness noun

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calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence. the protests ended, and the streets were calm again tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure. the tranquil beauty of a formal garden serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquility. watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency. remained placid despite the criticism peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil. grown peaceful in old age

Examples of tranquil in a Sentence

the house was once again tranquil after the kids moved outside to play though she should have been upset, she felt oddly tranquil upon learning that she would not be receiving the scholarship
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First Known Use of tranquil

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tranquil

Middle English tranquill, from Latin tranquillus

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The first known use of tranquil was in the 15th century

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26 Feb 2020

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“Tranquil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tranquil

: quiet and peaceful


tran·​quil | \ ˈtraŋ-kwəl How to pronounce tranquil (audio) \

Kids Definition of tranquil

: very calm and quiet : peaceful a tranquil sea a tranquil life

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