serene

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adjective

se·​rene sə-ˈrēn How to pronounce serene (audio)
1
: marked by or suggestive of utter calm and unruffled repose or quietude
a serene smile
2
a
: clear and free of storms or unpleasant change
serene skies
b
: shining bright and steady
the moon, serene in gloryAlexander Pope
3
: august
used as part of a title
His Serene Highness
serenely adverb
sereneness noun

serene

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noun

1
archaic : a serene condition or expanse (as of sky, sea, or light)
2
archaic : serenity, tranquility
Choose the Right Synonym for serene

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
With four treatment rooms, plus a sauna, a hammam and Nordic baths, the space is serene and immaculate, offering up a subtle aromatic buoyancy that doesn’t overwhelm. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 Aurora Anguilla is a serene sanctuary, seamlessly blending refined luxury, breathtaking views and a long list of leisure activities. Sandra MacGregor, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Close to two years after the proposal in the Caribbean, Amber and Femi tied the knot on Sept. 23, 2023 in a stunning celebration at the sublime and serene Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 Boasting incredible noise-canceling capabilities, these headphones deliver impressive audio quality, ensuring a serene and immersive journey. Jessica Copeland, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 Curators are trained to create a serene viewing environment, not to approximate Fort Knox. Will McCarthy, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 Discover our serene oasis in Henderson, just 15 minutes from Las Vegas. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 Outside, there’s an in-ground pool with a 500-square-foot pool house, an expansive patio and grilling area, multiple fountains with sculptures and a serene pond. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 6 Feb. 2024 Donnelly and Akerman wed on Dec. 1, 2018, in a serene beach ceremony in Tulum. Emma Kershaw, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin serenus clear, cloudless, untroubled

Noun

derivative of serene entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of serene was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Serene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serene. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

serene

adjective
se·​rene
sə-ˈrēn
1
: showing complete calm
2
a
: clear and free of storms
serene skies
b
: shining bright and steady
serenely adverb
sereneness
-ˈrēn-nəs
noun

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