tran·​quil | \ˈtraŋ-kwəl, 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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tranquilly \ˈtraŋ-​kwə-​lē, 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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Along the tranquil shoreline of Hanoi's Trúc Bạch Lake, where, half a century ago, John McCain was pulled from the water with his parachute, there’s a humble little restaurant that McCain himself might have found amusing, if decidedly odd. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Though the city is hectic, her office (like her clothes) is tranquil, down a long, lush road off a busy street. Alex Frank, Vogue, "Woolmark Prize Winner Bodice Is a Handmade Homage to India—And So Much More," 8 Sep. 2018 Cozy, quaint, and tranquil are a few adjectives to describe yet another dorm room at The University of Mississippi. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "University of Mississippi Freshmen Dorm Decor," 28 Aug. 2018 Perhaps the homeowners intentionally made their nighttime escape calm and tranquil since the rest of their home is so busy. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "A Stately Tudor Home — For Wallpaper Lovers Only," 19 Oct. 2015 Prosecutor Sean Gallagher told the jury about the two teen girls who were abducted, raped and killed in a once-tranquil suburb, and that DNA from semen found in both women and preserved for decades matched Halbower's DNA. Paul Elias, Fox News, "California jury: Career criminal guilty of killing 2 teens," 18 Sep. 2018 Go to spy the coast and the sea, take in a tranquil moment, and contemplate an earlier era of seafaring navigation. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Watch Hill, Rhode Island," 12 June 2018 And in the realms of relaxation, definitions differed: for Lou Doillon, laid-back equated a comfy cab ride and easy plaits in Paris; but for Kendall Jenner, nothing would do but a spring-ready soak in tranquil, bright blue waters. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kendall Jenner, Junglepussy, and More," 22 Apr. 2018 Water Wheel is a deceptively tranquil place, a beautiful confluence of sheer walls, slick-rock surfaces and burbling flows that roll over waterfalls into swimming holes up and down a box canyon. azcentral, "Into the water," 15 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tranquil

: quiet and peaceful


tran·​quil | \ˈtraŋ-kwəl \

Kids Definition of tranquil

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

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