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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: quies 'rest, quiet'

quiet

2 noun
     
quiet2 [uncountable]
1 the state of being quiet, calm, and peaceful:
We were enjoying the quiet of the forest.
I've had an awful day - now I just want some peace and quiet.
2 silence:
Can I have some quiet, please?
3

on the quiet

British English informal secretly:
We found out he'd been doing some freelance work on the quiet.

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