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



Definition of serene (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from serene


serenely adverb
sereneness \ sə-​ˈrēn-​nəs How to pronounce serene (audio) \ noun

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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 technology, less gamified than what guests saw Saturday, is being used with IU Health oncology patients to virtually transport them to beaches, mountains and other serene surroundings during treatments. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 8 May 2022 The villas were sustainably crafted from natural materials and have a serene environment, encouraging relaxation and connection with nature. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 Don’t forget to indulge in the serene outdoor gardens for a lovely Mother’s Day breakfast or lunch. Nel-olivia Waga, Forbes, 3 May 2022 John Frano, who lives about a mile away in Oriole Park, said the apartment complex will create too much bustle in a section of the city known for being more serene and spacious. Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 Consider this week’s other semifinal, Liverpool’s relatively serene defeat of Villarreal. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 These serene islands offer endless beauty and respite. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 The intimate property has just 48 rooms, and its lush interior courtyard and outdoor pool are both serene spaces to kick back and lounge for hours on end. Vanessa Wilkins, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2022 In one module, patients pick up lotus flowers with their healthy arm and toss them into a serene infinity pond surrounded by mountains; the V.R. mirrors the action but shows the opposite arm doing the motions. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the hue can denote the serene and the celestial, which are also evoked by the exhibition, first shown at Cross’s home gallery and now on display in condensed form at Waddell Art Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Even murder, late in the movie, is committed with a fluid facility that verges on the serene. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 11 June 2021 Depictions of Mary are often joyful, sorrowful or vaguely middle-distance serene. Los Angeles Times, 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, 15 Jan. 2014 See More

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First Known Use of serene


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for serene


Middle English, from Latin serenus clear, cloudless, untroubled


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“Serene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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