serene

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

Definition of serene

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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 titleHis 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 sereneness (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 For relaxing, enjoy some peaceful solitude at some of the most serene resort style pools in the city. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Spotlight on wellness living, features," 28 Sep. 2019 Aokigahara Forest, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan This seemingly serene forest at the bottom of Mount Fuji has an extremely tormented history. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 Forgive yourself and others: This is a tough, but crucial, aspect to becoming serene. Beth Wood, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Serenity now: Find the calm in caregiving," 27 Apr. 2018 This serene scene can serve as the backdrop for your weekend away in Boulder, which is pretty magical this time of year. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "What to do in the winter when you don’t ski, from hot springs to ice bumper cars," 18 Dec. 2019 Getty Images Golden hour’s approaching, and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s balcony is serene. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Michael B. Jordan on Black Panther, Diversity, and Being the Face of Coach," 28 Oct. 2019 The next morning, the mood in their room was serene. Lauren Decicca, National Geographic, "How wheelchair basketball changed these women's lives," 21 Oct. 2019 Right now, in midsummer, the cellar is deceptively serene. Sydney Love, SFChronicle.com, "The young natural wine mavericks of Santa Cruz," 18 Sep. 2019 Inspired by the impressive property, here are five ways to turn every beach house into the most relaxing, serene place on earth. Jennifer Fernandez, ELLE Decor, "5 Ways to Transform Any Beach House into a Serene Tropical Oasis," 27 Nov. 2019 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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Serene.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sereneness. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for serene

serene

adjective
How to pronounce serene (audio)

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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