Solemn meaning

sŏləm
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.

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Deeply serious and somber.
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Performed with full ceremony.

A solemn High Mass.

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According to strict form; formal.

A solemn ceremony.

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Dark or undecorated.

A solemn forest; a solemn hall.

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Somberly impressive.
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Performed with great ceremony.
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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.

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Made with deep sincerity or invoking the force of religion.

A solemn vow.

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Very impressive or arousing feelings of awe because of its great importance or seriousness.

A solemn occasion.

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Somber because dark in color.
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Origin of solemn

  • Middle English solemne from Old French from Latin sollemnis established, customary sol- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English solemne, from Old French solempne, from Late Latin sōlennis and sōlempnis, from Latin sōlemnis, from sollemnis (“ritual; festive, solemn, customary, celebrated at a fixed date"), from sollus (“entire").

    From Wiktionary