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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Other Words from tranquil

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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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 But there is also comfort: the warmth of the hearth fire, tranquil and legato on the bow; lazy days punctuated only by the pizzicato of ice droplets on the roof. Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’," 21 Feb. 2018 Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press At an idyllic, quiet, tranquil patch of fen and prairie in Oakland County's Springfield Township, a tragedy is unfolding. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's most endangered species nears extinction in Oakland County," 13 July 2018 In our noisy, look-at-me Internet world, Ross’s tranquil manner is an oasis. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 More than a decade later, the Bennetts have parlayed their talents into a fan favorite show that focuses on flipping some seriously scary properties into tranquil desert oases. Sophie Dodd,, "The Next Chip and Jo? HGTV's Desert Flippers Put Family Over Fame and Stay Grounded in Faith," 10 July 2018 The tranquil beaches and culturally rich architecture of Comporta come to life in Carlos Souza and Charlene Shorto de Ganay’s Comporta Bliss(Assouline). Kathleen Knowles & Aerin Reed, Town & Country, "Inside Carlos Souza and Charlene Shorto de Ganay's Portugal Paradise," 26 June 2018 Aman junkies no longer have to go the ends of the earth to experience the brand’s tranquil oases traditionally found in places such as Bhutan. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "The Best New Hotels in Downtown Los Angeles," 21 June 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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