solemnity

noun
so·​lem·​ni·​ty | \sə-ˈlem-nə-tē \
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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The exuberance of Armistice Day gave way to the solemnity of Remembrance Day. Brendan Simms, WSJ, "‘Peace at Last’ Review: Remembering Flanders Fields," 11 Nov. 2018 McCain, who died Saturday after battling brain cancer, selected the out-of-the-way spot over the grandeur and solemnity of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where his father and grandfather — both admirals —are buried. Laurie Kellman, Fox News, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 McCain, who died Saturday after battling brain cancer, selected the out-of-the-way spot over the grandeur and solemnity of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where his father and grandfather — both admirals —are buried. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 Some project solemnity and trustworthiness, the way banks seemed way back when. Dg Fulford, Woman's Day, "Supply and Demand," 21 June 2010 Moments of solemnity punctuated the otherwise loud and festive gathering as several speakers referred to the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, which had happened only hours before. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "With Democratic nominee still undecided, Montgomery unity party has uncertain air," 29 June 2018 The band wedded uplift with emotion, solemnity and politics. John Adamian, courant.com, "From Sam Hunt And Reba To U2 And King X: A Week Of Big-Name Concerts," 23 June 2018 The 7 to 2 decision written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was careful not to cast constitutional doubt on restrictions every state imposes to protect the solemnity of the voting booth. Robert Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court says Minnesota ban on political apparel in polling places too broad," 15 June 2018 At historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the site of the first Decoration Day ceremony in Philadelphia 150 years ago, Civil War reenactors gathered Sunday under a gray sky fitting the solemnity of the occasion. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Reenactors honor Civil War dead and all others lost in battle," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of solemnity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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solemnity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of solemnity

: the quality of being formal or serious

solemnities : formal ceremonies

solemnity

noun
so·​lem·​ni·​ty | \sə-ˈlem-nə-tē \
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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