Definition of quietus in English:


Syllabification: qui·e·tus
Pronunciation: /ˈkwīətəs

noun (plural quietuses)

  • 1Death or something that causes death, regarded as a release from life.
    More example sentences
    • Then there are those who brim with passion not just for the state-approved quietus, but with fury for those who oppose it.
    • Not the bloody quietus of Titus or Hamlet or Braveheart; it wasn't frank enough, nor so wrenching.
    • His quietus is a great loss not only to the Tatas but also to the whole nation.
  • 1.1 archaic Something that has a calming or soothing effect.


late Middle English: abbreviation of medieval Latin quietus est 'he is quit' (see quit1), originally used as a form of receipt or discharge on payment of a debt.

More definitions of quietus

Definition of quietus in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw