A solemn moment during a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
- Solemn means someone or something serious, sincere or impressive.
- An example of solemn is how someone's face looks when worried about a sick friend.
- An example of solemn is making a serious promise to someone.
- The definition of solemn is something that is done formally or according to tradition.
An example of solemn is always getting together at the same person's house for Thanksgiving.
- observed or done according to ritual or tradition: said esp. of religious holidays, rites, etc.
- sacred in character
- according to strict form; formal: a solemn ceremony
- serious or grave: a solemn face
- deeply earnest; very sincere: a solemn oath
- very impressive or arousing feelings of awe because of its great importance or seriousness: a solemn occasion
- somber because dark in color
Origin of solemnMiddle English solemne from Old French from Classical Latin sollemnis, sollennis, yearly, annual, hence religious, solemn (from associated, association with annual religious festivals) from sollus, all, entire from Oscan, akin to Classical Latin salvus (see safe) + uncertain or unknown; perhaps annus, year
- a. Serious and dignified: a solemn occasion. See Synonyms at serious.b. Showing or behaving with dignified restraint or earnestness: “Spade's face was solemn except for wrinkles at the corners of his eyes” ( Dashiell Hammett )
- Performed with full ceremony: a solemn High Mass.
- Made with deep sincerity or invoking the force of religion: a solemn vow.
- Dark or undecorated: a solemn forest; a solemn hall.
Origin of solemnMiddle English solemne from Old French from Latin sollemnis established, customary ; see sol- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more solemn, superlative most solemn)
From Middle English solemne, from Old French solempne, from Late Latin sÅlennis and sÅlempnis, from Latin sÅlemnis, from sollemnis (“ritual; festive, solemn, customary, celebrated at a fixed date"), from sollus (“entire").