Definition of solemn
2 : marked by the observance of established form or ceremony; specifically : celebrated with full liturgical ceremony
Examples of solemn in a Sentence
The women running the office where I was given immunizations and completed more paperwork said they had a young friend back in the District who would love my British accent. They were going to call her this very instant, they teased, and then I'd have a companion for the evening. They also talked in more solemn tones about all the brave men and women who came through the base and then shipped off to Iraq. —Willem Marx, Harper's, September 2006
Caesar was slaughtered in a sanctified space, his body was sacrosanct since he held the position of supreme pontiff, and his assassins had recently taken a solemn oath to protect his life with their own. Yet none of this seems to have figured prominently in the charges that were laid against his killers. —Robert Garland, History Today, February 2004
The testimony may well have had serious judicial consequences, even lethal ones, but its style is so glum and flat-footed that it gives an impression not of solemn majesty but of grotesque comedy … —Jonathan Ree, Times Literary Supplement, 13 Aug. 2004
To the vast majority of people in this Muslim nation of 145 million, Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, not war and hatred. It requires that women dress modestly, but not make themselves invisible. Its mosques are solemn and silent, but its shrines are relaxed and colorful. Its liturgy says Islam should be spread by persuasion, not by force … —Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2001
He spoke in a solemn and thoughtful manner.
He wore a very solemn expression on his face.
He recited the poem in a solemn voice.
A solemn crowd gathered around the grave.
We made a solemn promise to love each other forever.
Recent Examples of solemn from the Web
A solemn Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip held a minute of silence for the fire victims at the start of the procession Saturday.
A solemn Queen Elizabeth II marked a minute of silence for victims of the London high-rise inferno at the start of a procession Saturday to mark her official birthday.
The service began what would be almost 24 hours of solemn remembrances.
Police and firefighters saluted the ambulance carrying Matthews' body in a solemn procession to the medical examiner's office.
Pinterest One year after the heartbreak, Orlando residents are coming together for a solemn day of remembrance.
President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests.
President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America's national security interests.
Orlando has planned an array of solemn vigils and somber speeches to commemorate the day, involving city politicians, survivors of the night, as well as countless supporters.
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Origin and Etymology of solemn
Middle English solempne, from Anglo-French, from Latin sollemnis regularly appointed, solemn
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of solemn
SOLEMN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solemn for English Language Learners
: very serious or formal in manner, behavior, or expression
: sad and serious
: done or made sincerely
SOLEMN Defined for Kids
Definition of solemn for Students
1 : very serious or formal in manner, behavior, or expression a solemn procession a solemn face
2 : done or made seriously and thoughtfully a solemn promise
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