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Borrowed from Middle French tranquille, from Latin tranquillus.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈtɹæŋ.kwɪl/
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tranquil (comparative tranquiler, superlative tranquilest)

  1. Free from emotional or mental disturbance.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, chapter XXVIII
      Some time passed before I felt tranquil even here: I had a vague dread that wild cattle might be near, or that some sportsman or poacher might discover me.
  2. Calm; without motion or sound.
    • 1921, Douglas Wilson Johnson, Battlefields of the World War, Western and Southern Fronts: A Study in Military Geography, page 262:
      [] that the streams which did form were clear and tranquil because fed by perennial springs from the underground supply; and that in their tranquil waters extensive peat bogs formed.



  • (free from emotional disturbance): agitated

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