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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The grounds of Todai-ji are a tranquil place, verdant and populated by tame deer. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, "From Japan, a Mascot for the Pandemic," 9 Apr. 2020 This week, while schools and most businesses were closed due to the coronavirus, the lakes offered tranquil places for people who were looking to get outdoors and unplug. Ian James, azcentral, "Reservoirs that supply water to Phoenix area nearly full after wet winter," 3 Apr. 2020 President Donald Trump ripped Chicago as a hellscape of violence that makes Afghanistan, one of the world’s deadliest countries for terrorism, seem like a tranquil and secure place. Kathy Gannon And Hope Yen,, "No, Afghanistan — a country at war — isn’t safer than Chicago, despite what Trump says," 1 Nov. 2019 Naturalists report other marine animals are also taking advantage of the tourism slump that is leaving coastal regions tranquil and undisturbed. NBC News, "Thailand's tourist drought leaves space for shy sea mammal," 23 Apr. 2020 One of the more beautiful and tranquil squares in Florence, Piazza Santo Spirito is an expansive square taking up the entire block. Erica Firpo, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Florence," 20 Mar. 2020 Our driver stopped at a bend on a ridge as Picachos came into view—vast, shimmering blue, and tranquil. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, "Is This Lake the Best New Bass Fishing Spot in Mexico?," 18 Mar. 2020 No Time to Die finds Bond no longer on active service and enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. Clark Collis,, "James Bond takes the Super Bowl with action-packed No Time to Die teaser," 3 Feb. 2020 In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica., "The first official trailer for the new James Bond movie, “No Time To Die,” was released Wednesday, with an action-packed 2-and-a-half minutes of Daniel Craig portraying the legendary character.," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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20 May 2020

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“Tranquil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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