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
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.
Recent Examples of solemnity from the Web
The alternative ceremonies at Harvard had printed programs, and incorporated the pageantry, ritual and solemnity of traditional commencements, though without the diplomas, which were reserved for the official university commencement.
The soundtrack exudes an air of excessive solemnity.
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First Known Use of solemnity
SOLEMNITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solemnity for English Language Learners
: the quality of being formal or serious
solemnities : formal ceremonies
SOLEMNITY Defined for Kids
Definition of solemnity for Students
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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