se·​rene | \sə-ˈrēn \

Definition of serene 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : clear and free of storms or unpleasant change serene skies

b : shining bright and steady the moon, serene in glory— Alexander Pope

2 : august used as part of a title His Serene Highness

3 : marked by or suggestive of utter calm and unruffled repose or quietude a serene smile



Definition of serene (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 archaic : serenity, tranquility

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Other Words from serene


serenely adverb
sereneness \sə-​ˈrēn-​nəs \ noun

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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 tranquility. 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

Examples of serene in a Sentence


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 And Breeders' Cup day was anything but serene. The weather was … cold and often gray, with a 20-mile-an-hour headwind scouring the backstretch. — Lorna Lentini, New York Times, 14 July 2002 For Ben and me, in Omaha in 1961, our lives were untroubled and serene. After six years of marriage, we seemed to have reached the happy ending to the national American Dream. — Lois Mark Stalvey, The Education of a WASP, (1989) 1998 a serene woman who was everyone's source of support


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At each stage of class—the barre exercises, the serene adagio movements, and allegro jumps from petit to grande—there’s a code, a recipe, literal steps to doing things well. Matt Ortile, SELF, "Whenever My Life Feels Out of Control, I Go to Ballet Class," 16 Aug. 2018 The movement of the heavens is a serene but slow process, and learning to take photos of them in this nightly dance isn't much different. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography," 28 Mar. 2017 And there was something serene about her, at the end of her life. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Leonard Bernstein's daughter says pal Lauren Bacall 'was not a shut-in' after Humphrey Bogart's death in new memoir," 13 Sep. 2018 Under serene blue stage lights, Kweli and BJ were backed by Boston bluegrass band The Whiskey Boys, packed with live bass, guitar, and crisp drums. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "Talib Kweli & BJ The Chicago Kid Get Soulful with 'The One I Love' on 'The Late Show': Watch," 30 Jan. 2018 There’s still nothing redeeming or remotely serene about Gilead, the authoritarian republic formerly doing business as the United States. Matthew Gilbert,, "Back to hell with ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’," 18 Apr. 2018 Keeping all those small, nagging tasks under control makes me more serene, less overwhelmed. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "How Embracing the 1-Minute Rule Made My Life a Million Times Easier," 30 May 2018 Infinity War’s Thanos is serene, thoughtful, nearly monk-like in his consideration that balancing the universe isn’t a matter of genocide, but simple calculus. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Avengers: Infinity War' Has Delivered the Definitive Thanos," 28 Apr. 2018 On one side of the book’s accordion fold are serene color photographs of the Bay of Naples, on the other images of erotic art that survived the eruption. Mark Feeney,, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In contrast to the whimsical, high-energy living areas, the master suite is a serene, grown-up haven. Jen Renzi, House Beautiful, "Transforming a Traditional Tudor into a Youthful Family Home," 15 Jan. 2014

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First Known Use of serene


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for serene


Middle English, from Latin serenus clear, cloudless, untroubled


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English Language Learners Definition of serene

: calm and peaceful


se·​rene | \sə-ˈrēn \

Kids Definition of serene

1 : being calm and quiet a serene manner

2 : clear entry 1 sense 2 serene skies

Other Words from serene

serenely adverb

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