from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave: the austere figure of a Puritan minister.
- adj. Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic: a desert nomad's austere life. See Synonyms at severe.
- adj. Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare: an austere style.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Grim or severe in manner or appearance
- adj. Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Sour and astringent; rough to the state; having acerbity
- Severe in modes of judging, or living, or acting; rigid; rigorous; stern.
- Unadorned; unembellished; severely simple.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sour; harsh; rough to the taste: applied to things: as, austere fruit or wine; “sloes austere,”
- Severe; harsh; rigid; rigorous; stern: applied to persons and things: as, an austere master; an austere look.
- Grave; sober; serious: as, austere deportment.
- Severely simple; unadorned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. severely simple
- adj. practicing great self-denial
- adj. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin austērus, from Greek austēros.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French austere, from Latin austērus ("dry, harsh, sour, tart"), from Ancient Greek αὐστηρός (austēros, "bitter, harsh"), having the specific meaning "making the tongue dry" (originally used of fruits, wines), related to αὔω (auō, "to singe"), αὖος (auos, "dry"). (Wiktionary)