se·​rene | \ sə-ˈrēn How to pronounce serene (audio) \

Essential Meaning of serene

: calm and peaceful a serene face serene music/skies

Full Definition of serene

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by or suggestive of utter calm and unruffled repose or quietude a serene smile
2a : clear and free of storms or unpleasant change serene skies
b : shining bright and steady the moon, serene in glory— Alexander Pope
3 : august used as part of a title His Serene Highness



Definition of serene (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : a serene condition or expanse (as of sky, sea, or light)
2 archaic : serenity, tranquility

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Other Words from serene


serenely adverb
sereneness \ sə-​ˈrēn-​nəs How to pronounce serene (audio) \ noun

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calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence. the protests ended, and the streets were calm again tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure. the tranquil beauty of a formal garden serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquility. watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency. remained placid despite the criticism peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil. grown peaceful in old age

Examples of serene in a Sentence

Adjective Between the two Azorean blue belfries of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, a serene statue of the Madonna gazes out at the harbor, cradling a small boat in her arm. — Anita Diamant, National Geographic Traveler, September 2005 And Breeders' Cup day was anything but serene. The weather was … cold and often gray, with a 20-mile-an-hour headwind scouring the backstretch. — Lorna Lentini, New York Times, 14 July 2002 For Ben and me, in Omaha in 1961, our lives were untroubled and serene. After six years of marriage, we seemed to have reached the happy ending to the national American Dream. — Lois Mark Stalvey, The Education of a WASP, (1989) 1998 a serene woman who was everyone's source of support Noun Oft of one wide expanse had I been told / That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne: /Yet did I never breathe its pure serene / Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:  … — John Keats, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," 1816
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Harvick, the same guy who slammed his helmet in rage after on-track shenanigans with reigning champion Chase Elliott cost him a win last month, was surreally serene headed into the make-or-break race., 10 Oct. 2021 Harvick, the same guy who slammed his helmet in rage after on-track shenanigans with reigning champion Chase Elliott cost him a win last month, was surreally serene headed into the make-or-break race., 10 Oct. 2021 To create a serene environment, opt for muted blues, warm whites, and rich browns for your window's interior and exterior colors and stains. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 June 2021 The room is a serene and beautiful retreat, but the food is the story here, and the menu is as much of a departure from Beatrice as the decor. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, 27 Sep. 2021 The purpose was to try to make life more serene and pleasant in the Ohio town. Bob Greene, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2021 The island was positively serene during the evening hours, after most of the visitors had taken a ferry back to the mainland. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 26 Aug. 2021 If waking up to colorful, patterned interiors—and the beauty of Acadia National Park just beyond their walls—sounds like your idea of a serene retreat, get ready to fall in love with The Claremont Hotel. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 1 Sep. 2021 After weeks of being choked by smoke from the blaze, residents of the usually serene and vacation destination of South Lake Tahoe and nearby areas were ordered to evacuate this week as the fire spread. Julia Musto, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even murder, late in the movie, is committed with a fluid facility that verges on the serene. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 11 June 2021 Depictions of Mary are often joyful, sorrowful or vaguely middle-distance serene. Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2019 In contrast to the whimsical, high-energy living areas, the master suite is a serene, grown-up haven. Jen Renzi, House Beautiful, 15 Jan. 2014

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First Known Use of serene


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for serene

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Latin serenus clear, cloudless, untroubled

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“Serene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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Kids Definition of serene

1 : being calm and quiet a serene manner
2 : clear entry 1 sense 2 serene skies

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serenely adverb

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