adjective se·rene \sə-ˈrēn\

: calm and peaceful

Full Definition of SERENE

a :  clear and free of storms or unpleasant change <serene skies>
b :  shining bright and steady <the moon, serene in glory — Alexander Pope>
:  august —used as part of a title <His Serene Highness>
:  marked by or suggestive of utter calm and unruffled repose or quietude <a serene smile>
se·rene·ly adverb
se·rene·ness \-ˈrēn-nəs\ noun

Examples of SERENE

  1. <a serene woman who was everyone's source of support>
  2. Between the two Azorean blue belfries of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, a serene statue of the Madonna gazes out at the harbor, cradling a small boat in her arm. —Anita Diamant, National Geographic Traveler, September 2005

Origin of SERENE

Middle English, from Latin serenus clear, cloudless, untroubled
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of SERENE

calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence <the protests ended, and the streets were calm again>. tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure <the tranquil beauty of a formal garden>. serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquillity <watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening>. placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency <remained placid despite the criticism>. peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil <grown peaceful in old age>.


noun se·rene \sə-ˈrēn\

Definition of SERENE

archaic :  a serene condition or expanse (as of sky, sea, or light)
archaic :  serenity, tranquility

Examples of SERENE

  1. Oft of one wide expanse had I been told / That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne: /Yet did I never breathe its pure serene / Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: … —John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, 1816

Origin of SERENE

(see 1serene)
First Known Use: 1644
SERENENESS Defined for Kids


adjective se·rene \sə-ˈrēn\

Definition of SERENE for Kids

:  being calm and quiet <a serene manner>
:  1clear 2 <serene skies>
se·rene·ly adverb


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