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

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

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 The hill is above all that, Intractable, unknowable, serene. Colm Tóibín, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 The glow that comes with relaxation found a place on Yara Shahidi's serene, bespectacled face, while Gigi Hadid's morning-in-Milano complexion was positively luminous, primed for the week's myriad runway beauty looks. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 27 Feb. 2022 For a resort with 342 keys, Regent has done a remarkable job at making the place feel intimate and serene. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 31 May 2022 Proper storage can make even the tiniest spaces feel well organized and serene. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 Regardless of what season or which activities attract the visitor, the Carrizo is a spacious and serene place to drink in nature’s beauty. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Chuck Groenink’s accompanying illustrations are both informative and serene. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 For quiet and serene spots, visit the Shakespeare Garden or the AIDS Memorial Grove. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Apr. 2022 The children, aged two to six, were serious and serene, occasionally speaking to each other in low, considerate tones. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the hue can denote the serene and the celestial, which are also evoked by the exhibition, first shown at Cross’s home gallery and now on display in condensed form at Waddell Art Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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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


Middle English, from Latin serenus clear, cloudless, untroubled


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

Kids Definition of serene

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

Other Words from serene

serenely adverb

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