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 High Mass.
A solemn ceremony.
A solemn forest; a solemn hall.
An example of solemn is always getting together at the same person's house for Thanksgiving.
A solemn vow.
A solemn occasion.
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 sÅlennis and sÅlempnis, from Latin sÅlemnis, from sollemnis (“ritual; festive, solemn, customary, celebrated at a fixed date"), from sollus (“entire").