so·​lem·​ni·​ty | \ sə-ˈlem-nə-tē How to pronounce solemnity (audio) \
plural solemnities

Definition of solemnity

1 : formal or ceremonious observance of an occasion or event
2 : a solemn event or occasion
3 : a solemn condition or quality the solemnity of his words

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Examples of solemnity in a Sentence

the solemnity of the occasion Her voice conveyed the solemnity of the passage. The visiting statesman was welcomed with appropriate solemnity. Elaborate solemnities marked the 100th anniversary of the event.
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It would be conducted under the solemnity of canon law and held before the papal curia and Roman nobility. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 The solemnity of the mentions of Perry in the premiere is forced schmaltz or even worse. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'BH90210': TV Review," 7 Aug. 2019 Dover sole is presented with the solemnity of a religious rite, arriving via cart on a silver pan, filleted tableside and served with lobster sauce and hazelnuts alongside a crispy disk of black rice inlaid with edamame. Phil Vettel,, "Triple-threat dining: Aboyer and Silencieux join George Trois for a Winnetka trifecta," 5 Aug. 2019 The solemnity of Ry X alone onstage soon expanded to include the full drumline and horn section -- a sweeping start to an encore that built from quiet focus to primal dance mania. Erin Granat, Billboard, "ODESZA Bring Tears, Fireworks & Leon Bridges to Final Stop of 'A Moment Apart' Tour," 29 July 2019 The solemnity surrounding this perennial observance suggests the initiation ritual of a really square fraternity. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The house, conceived as an extension of Ant Farm’s ideas about an inflatable, nomadic architecture, had become a veritable concrete bunker, a brutal monument of solemnity and solidity. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "The epic tale of the House of the Century, the trippy Texas icon that defies polite description," 12 July 2019 The occasion was sometimes festive despite the solemnity of the message. Fernando Vergara,, "Colombian bishop hopes holy water will curb violence in crime-ridden city," 13 July 2019 The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was the first to be televised, giving the wider public a view of the solemnity of the ceremony, the splendor of the queen's gown, and the magnificence of the crown jewels. Heather Brady, National Geographic, "Vintage photos of royal families from all over the world," 8 May 2019

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First Known Use of solemnity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of solemnity

: the quality of being formal or serious
: formal ceremonies


so·​lem·​ni·​ty | \ sə-ˈlem-nə-tē How to pronounce solemnity (audio) \
plural solemnities

Kids Definition of solemnity

1 : a serious or formal ceremony The important visitors were welcomed with fitting solemnity.
2 : formal dignity He spoke with solemnity.

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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