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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Sunday: Coming off lows in the mid-60s to around 70, Sunday should be mostly tranquil, if on the hot side. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Another round of showers and storms likely tonight, then less rain this weekend," 22 June 2018 Beautiful home, great food, nice hosts, tranquil setting, reasonable rate of something like $119 a night. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's MLB Hall of Fame ballot. Have at him.," 23 Jan. 2018 The space is tranquil with big glass windows that look out onto our tennis court. Marc Myers, WSJ, "The Day Sugar Ray Leonard Nearly Drowned," 23 Oct. 2018 The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is listed for $1.379 million, and comes with numerous features, according to Hooked on Houses, including peach and apple trees, a tranquil wraparound porch, and shiplap aplenty—yes, please! Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Indiana Farmhouse is Every Country Girl's Dream," 29 July 2016 If the scene is calm and tranquil, Night Sight will spend a longer time snapping the photo, absorbing all the light available. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pixel's Night Sight is Declaring War on Flash Photography," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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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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