serene

adjective
se·​rene | \ sə-ˈrēn How to pronounce serene (audio) \

Definition of serene

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1 : marked by or suggestive of utter calm and unruffled repose or quietude a serene smile
2a : clear and free of storms or unpleasant change serene skies
b : shining bright and steady the moon, serene in glory— Alexander Pope
3 : august used as part of a titleHis Serene Highness

serene

noun

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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Adjective

serenely adverb
sereneness \ sə-​ˈrēn-​nəs How to pronounce sereneness (audio) \ noun

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Adjective

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

Adjective 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 Noun 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 My feet, serene and chill, peer up at the rest of me, which is roiling with chaos. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "Inside Shoes Are The Quarantine Fashion Trend I Never Expected To Get Behind," 29 June 2020 The road to harmonious romantic encounters and serene family relationships could be paved with a few speed bumps. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 28, 2020: Aries, don’t overreact to little things; Taurus, put new ventures on back burner," 28 June 2020 Four Seasons Hotel Austin turns to its serene lakeside locale for outdoor programming and expanded outdoor dining. Connie Dufner, Dallas News, "Texas highways beckon: Doors have flung open to summer vacation and closer-to-home experiences," 24 June 2020 The trail runs through marsh and wetland areas and is very serene. John Pana, cleveland, "The best bike & hike trails in Northeast Ohio," 23 June 2020 Brian's sitting in the front row, legs crisscrossed, face serene. Brian Barrett, Wired, "My Friend Was Struck by ALS. Here’s How He’s Fighting Back," 23 June 2020 At glassy, serene Mirror Lake, visitors can paddle out on canoes and kayaks. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Easy Weekend Trips from NYC," 17 June 2020 The serene atmosphere and luxury cabanas will satisfy you, however your little ones will be smitten about Magical Tea, the cutest tea party held in the hotel’s Sitting Room. Metanoya Z. Webb, Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in SoCal (With Your Little Ones in Tow)," 11 June 2020 The ride on the standard air springs is delightfully smooth and serene in Comfort drive mode. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe Proves to be Fun If Odd-Looking," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Depictions of Mary are often joyful, sorrowful or vaguely middle-distance serene. Los Angeles Times, "Spain’s ‘Game of Thrones’ sites drew them. Barcelona and towns beyond bewitched them," 24 Aug. 2019 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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for serene

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Latin serenus clear, cloudless, untroubled

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The first known use of serene was in the 15th century

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9 Jul 2020

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“Serene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serene. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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serene

adjective
How to pronounce serene (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of serene

: calm and peaceful

serene

adjective
se·​rene | \ sə-ˈrēn How to pronounce serene (audio) \

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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