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 The 20,000-square-meter project will likely be erected in Zamalek's Masalla Gardens, a serene and historic open-air park on the island's eastern side. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, "Africa’s Largest Observation Wheel Will Make Its Debut in Egypt Next Year — and It Promises Views of the Famed Pyramids," 23 Feb. 2021 The over-all effect was of a desert palace, equal parts fortress and oasis, sturdy and serene. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 Snow flurries gave way to sun and an aura distinctly serene. New York Times, "Washington Breathes an Uneasy Sigh of Relief," 20 Jan. 2021 The scene might be beautiful and serene, but has there been a storm? Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: The symbolism in the Biden inaugural painting by Robert S. Duncanson," 20 Jan. 2021 With its dappled canyon light, vintage clawfoot bathtub, wind chimes, and herb garden, her space is the stuff of serene Instagram dreams—and something not far out of reach for the rest of us. Sunset Magazine, "How to DIY Your Own Backyard Spa," 20 Jan. 2021 Perhaps it was inspired by the mood of a late summer night, or maybe Gomez was influenced by the serene cottagecore aesthetic inside her new home. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Selena Gomez Makes A Case For Putting Flowers In Your Hair Right Now," 15 Jan. 2021 With leaves gone and water features frozen, the landscape may be even more serene. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Cleveland guide to winter fun: 9 activities to help you embrace your inner Norwegian," 4 Jan. 2021 His compositions monumentalize the small trees, centering them in a serene lake or a drift of snow, or positioning them to perfectly frame a mountain peak or the moon. Briana Miller, oregonlive, "Art shows a bit more intense and cerebral this winter in Portland," 12 Jan. 2021 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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“Serene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serene. Accessed 2 Mar. 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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