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

This four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home was designed by E. Fay Jones in 1964 to respect and highlight the serene forest on the 1.27-acre property. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 On the second floor, Martin and Luhrmann sought a more serene setting. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Inside Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's Elegantly Theatrical New York Townhouse," 5 Nov. 2018 Living > Parties Last night, the Pierre hotel was transformed into a serene setting filled with optimism and cheer. Vogue, "The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration Hosts Its Hope Rising 2018 Benefit," 18 Oct. 2018 For those whose tastes are more serene, a plug-in hybrid 330e will go on sale in 2020. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "BMW’s all-new 3 Series goes on sale 2019, starting at $40,200," 2 Oct. 2018 The actress recently opened up to PEOPLE about her baby boy‘s nursery, sharing exclusive photos of herself, little Davis and husband Mark Gantt inside the gorgeous, serene room. Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com, "Brianne Davis Reveals the Inspiration Behind Son's Nursery: We 'Want to Teach Him Compassion'," 25 May 2018 The Leaf, by comparison, is impossibly serene, one of the chief virtues of electric cars. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can the New Nissan Leaf Compete With the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3?," 16 May 2018 Market Grille, Manchester Market Grille takes advantage of its hilltop view and serene setting above Buckland Street, insulated somewhat from the busy hustle of the mall. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Five Places (Plus) To Grab Drink On The Patio In Greater Hartford," 2 May 2018 At The Apartment by The Line in Los Angeles—a serene space where almost everything is for sale—a sunlit freestanding tub overlooks Melrose Place. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Is This the New Must-Have Bathtub?," 16 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 1a

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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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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