serene

adjective
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

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 \ 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

The beauty closet, a serene, cathedral-like space, has floor-to-ceiling shelves labeled dark spot corrector, stretch mark reduction, skin lightener, buffing cream. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Marti Noxon Wants to Put Angry Women on TV," 15 May 2018 This serene space broadcasts the idea that Everlane’s capsule clothes are suitable for all people, evoking an infinite range of humanity clad in dun linen and recycled denim. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "How Tech Is Remaking Fashion in Its Image," 9 May 2018 Sitting on a dining chair in the apartment, seemingly serene, is the woman who made this happen. Kyung Lah And Alberto Moya, CNN, "Inside a safe house, hiding from ICE," 14 Mar. 2018 From Takada’s precise and serene score, Lafawndah wrote lyrics that are essentially a dialogue between herself and the fox. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Two Generations of Experimental Musical Artists Join Forces for a Dreamy New Kenzo Video," 12 July 2018 Sound: Calm and serene with a little low-key chatter, backed by the occasional orchestral arrangement of a video game theme song. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 In the hours before thousands of spectators fill a baseball stadium, the ballpark can feel eerie or serene. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers' early struggles continue as they fall 9-1 to Diamondbacks," 15 Apr. 2018 First performed a year after founder Michael Smuin’s death, this serene and slightly chilly essay on classical partnering returns almost 11 years to the day (April 23) after that loss. Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle, "Val Caniparoli’s ‘If I Were a Sushi Roll’ a tasty piece for Smuin ballet," 23 Apr. 2018 Karawan Riad Located in the Andalous Quarter, Karawan Riad is a serene and sumptuous escape from the maelstrom of the medina. Lindsay Cohn, ELLE Decor, "Why Every Culture Aficionado Needs to Visit Fez, Morocco," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of serene

Adjective

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

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for serene

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin serenus clear, cloudless, untroubled

Noun

see serene entry 1

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serene

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of serene

: calm and peaceful

serene

adjective
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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