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Definition of quiet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

quiet

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkwaɪət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwaɪət//
 
 
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  • [uncountable] the state of being calm and without much noise the quiet of his own room the quiet of the early morning I go to the library for a little peace and quiet.
  • Word Origin Middle English (originally as a noun denoting peace as opposed to war): via Old French, based on Latin quies, quiet- ‘repose, quiet’.Extra examples A machine gun shattered the quiet. A man’s voice was calling for quiet. I’m going home for a bit of peace and quiet! She made sure she had times of quiet in which to write. a period of comparative quiet in the sudden quiet that followed the gunshot He seemed to prefer the quiet of his own room. I go to the library for a little peace and quiet. The quiet of the early morning or evening is a good time to be on the lookout for wildlife.Idioms without telling anyone synonym secretly He’d been meeting her on the quiet.
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