serene

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

Definition of serene

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 title His 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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Other Words from serene

Adjective

serenely adverb
sereneness \ sə-​ˈrēn-​nəs How to pronounce serene (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 Originally released on private-press cassette in 1982 via Coltrane’s ashram, the original Turiya Sings featured the artist’s serene devotional songs, accompanied by her Wurlitzer organ and overdubbed strings and synths. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2021 The pathways are long, looping, and gentle, but they are crisscrossed with stairways and rock-clamber shortcuts, like a serene kind of Chutes and Ladders. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 1 June 2021 Odd that the man so serene in holding off Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen while battling the extreme challenges of a 7,800-yard layout couldn’t gear down and relax at quaint little Colonial. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Small private private acreage with serene views on the Medina River. Dennis Rudner, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 2021 One of Florida's most extravagant Airbnbs, this beautiful beachfront home features 10 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a private pool and spa, an elevator, and serene ocean views from nearly every room of the house. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2021 The bright yellow gates of Chua Luc Hoa Buddhist Center open to a serene garden filled with statuary. BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2021 Gro, who sits with her eyes closed in a serene yoga pose, has a copper tongue made out of a planter. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2021 Humanitarian aid groups say this is just the tip of the iceberg for Nepal, the landlocked Himalayan nation of more than 28 million known for its serene landscapes, colorful culture and Mount Everest. NBC News, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Depictions of Mary are often joyful, sorrowful or vaguely middle-distance serene. Los Angeles Times, 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, 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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“Serene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serene. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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serene

adjective

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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