from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that serves to suppress, check, or eliminate.
- n. Release from life; death.
- n. A final discharge, as of a duty or debt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stillness or pause; something that quiets or represses; removal from activity; especially: death.
- n. Final settlement (as of a debt).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Final discharge or acquittance, as from debt or obligation; that which silences claims; (Fig.) rest; death.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A final discharge of an account; a final settlement; a quittance.
- n. Hence A finishing or ending in general; stoppage.
- n. A severe blow; a “settler.”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)
Short for Middle English quietus (est), (he is) discharged (of an obligation), from Medieval Latin quiētus (est), from Latin, (he is) at rest; see quiet.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin quiētus ("at rest"). (Wiktionary)