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serene

adjective se·rene \ sə-ˈrēn \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of serene

1 a : 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

serenely

adverb

sereneness

play \sə-ˈrēn-nəs\ noun

Examples of serene in a Sentence

  1. 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 DiamantNational Geographic TravelerSeptember 2005
  2. 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 LentiniNew York Times14 July 2002
  3. 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 StalveyThe Education of a WASP(1989) 1998
  4. a serene woman who was everyone's source of support

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Origin and Etymology of serene

Middle English, from Latin serenus clear, cloudless, untroubled

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 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

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serene

noun

Definition of serene

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

Examples of serene in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of serene


SERENE Defined for English Language Learners

serene

adjective

Definition of serene for English Language Learners

  • : calm and peaceful


SERENE Defined for Kids

serene

adjective se·rene \ sə-ˈrēn \

Definition of serene for Students

1 : being calm and quiet
  • a serene manner
2 : 1clear 2
  • serene skies

serenely

adverb


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