tran·​quil ˈtraŋ-kwəl How to pronounce tranquil (audio)
: free from agitation of mind or spirit
a tranquil self-assurance
: free from disturbance or turmoil
a tranquil scene
: unvarying in aspect : steady, stable
tranquilly adverb
tranquilness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for tranquil

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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Word History


Middle English tranquill, from Latin tranquillus

First Known Use

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

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

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“Tranquil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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tran·​quil ˈtraŋ-kwəl How to pronounce tranquil (audio)
: free from disturbance or turmoil : quiet
tranquilly adverb

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