adjective sol·emn \ˈsä-ləm\

: very serious or formal in manner, behavior, or expression

: sad and serious

: done or made sincerely

Full Definition of SOLEMN

:  marked by the invocation of a religious sanction <a solemn oath>
:  marked by the observance of established form or ceremony; specifically :  celebrated with full liturgical ceremony
a :  awe-inspiring :  sublime <solemn beauty>
b :  marked by grave sedateness and earnest sobriety <a solemn gathering>
c :  somber, gloomy <a solemn gray building>
sol·emn·ly adverb
sol·emn·ness noun

Examples of SOLEMN

  1. He spoke in a solemn and thoughtful manner.
  2. He wore a very solemn expression on his face.
  3. He recited the poem in a solemn voice.
  4. A solemn crowd gathered around the grave.
  5. We made a solemn promise to love each other forever.
  6. The women running the office where I was given immunizations and completed more paperwork said they had a young friend back in the District who would love my British accent. They were going to call her this very instant, they teased, and then I'd have a companion for the evening. They also talked in more solemn tones about all the brave men and women who came through the base and then shipped off to Iraq. —Willem Marx, Harper's, September 2006

Origin of SOLEMN

Middle English solempne, from Anglo-French, from Latin sollemnis regularly appointed, solemn
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SOLEMN


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