- 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.
- 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.
A solemn moment during a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
- 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)