solemnity

noun so·lem·ni·ty \ sə-ˈlem-nə-tē \

Definition of solemnity

plural solemnities
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

  1. the solemnity of the occasion

  2. Her voice conveyed the solemnity of the passage.

  3. The visiting statesman was welcomed with appropriate solemnity.

  4. Elaborate solemnities marked the 100th anniversary of the event.

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First Known Use of solemnity

14th century


SOLEMNITY Defined for English Language Learners

solemnity

noun

Definition of solemnity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of being formal or serious

  • solemnities : formal ceremonies


SOLEMNITY Defined for Kids

solemnity

noun so·lem·ni·ty \ sə-ˈlem-nə-tē \

Definition of solemnity for Students

plural solemnities
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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