Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Free from commotion or disturbance. See Synonyms at calm.
  • adj. Free from anxiety, tension, or restlessness; composed.
  • adj. Steady; even: a tranquil flame.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Free from emotional or mental disturbance.
  • adj. Calm; without motion or sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Quiet; calm; undisturbed; peaceful; not agitated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Quiet; calm; undisturbed; not agitated; serene.
  • Synonyms Placid, Serene, etc. See calm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves
  • adj. not agitated; without losing self-possession

Etymologies

Middle English tranquill, from Latin tranquillus; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tranquillus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He considers "Curtis Island Light" one of his most colorful compositions, saying it has what he calls tranquil energy.

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  • With an elegant design, the recliner sofa designed by Arketipo Furniture comes in tranquil shades which are subtle rather than bright giving your living room a very futuristic look.

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  • For those who had just served with Ander's Army and fought at Monte Cassino, a new life in tranquil Wales offered some consolation for having been sold out at Yalta and cut off from their kin for two generatons by the Iron Curtain.

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  • You can choose among many beaches for what interests you from surfing to wading in tranquil waters.

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  • Aussi, dimanche et hier je suis allé dans un petit coin tranquil pour me refaire a la voiture.

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  • [31] History victorious, and Shäh Jëhan was put in tranquil possess:

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  • And even Emma, after two hours of "flattery and merriment" from Frank Churchill "wished herself rather walking quietly with any of the others, or sitting almost alone, and quite unattended to, in tranquil observation of the beautiful views beneath her" (III. vii, 338).

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  • Even Emma grew tired at last of flattery and merriment, and wished herself rather walking quietly about with any of the others, or sitting almost alone, and quite unattended to, in tranquil observation of the beautiful views beneath her.

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  • Here I hoped at least to remain tranquil till the perilous moment was passed which was to render me a mother.

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