Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unaffected by disturbance; calm and unruffled. See Synonyms at calm.
  • adj. Unclouded; fair: serene skies and a bright blue sea.
  • adj. Used as a title and form of address for certain members of royalty: Her Serene Highness; His Serene Highness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Peaceful, calm, unruffled.
  • adj. without worry or anxiety; unaffected by disturbance.
  • adj. (Of the sky) fair and unclouded.
  • adj. Used as part of certain titles.
  • v. To make serene.
  • n. A fine rain from a cloudless sky after sunset.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bright; clear; unabscured.
  • adj. Calm; placid; undisturbed; unruffled.
  • n. Serenity; clearness; calmness.
  • n. Evening air; night chill.
  • transitive v. To make serene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Clear, or fair, and calm.
  • Calm; placid; unruffled; undisturbed: as, a serene aspect; a serene soul.
  • An epithet or adjunct to the titles of some persons of very high rank; it is not given to any noble or official in England, and is used chiefly (in the phrase Serene Highness) in rendering the German term Durchlaucht (given to members of certain mediatized houses, and to some other princes) and the French epithet sérénissime.
  • Synonyms 1. Bright, peaceful.—1 and 2. Tranquil, Placid, etc. See calm.—2. Sedate.
  • n. Clearness; serenity; a serene expanse or region.
  • n. Serenity; placidity; tranquillity; calmness.
  • To make clear and calm; tranquilize.
  • To clear; clarify.
  • n. The chilly damp of evening; unwholesome air; blight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. completely clear and fine
  • adj. not agitated; without losing self-possession

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin serēnus, serene, clear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Latin serēnus ("clear, cloudless, untroubled"). (Wiktionary)
Old French serein ("evening"), Vulgar Latin *serānum — from substantive use of sērum, neuter of sērus ("late") + -ānus suffix. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • HOVERING ACCENT, a term sometimes used for the coordination of the metrical rhythm ◡ _̷ ◡ _̷ with the prose rhythm ◡ ◡ _̷_̷ as in "and serene air" (Comus, l. 4); the accent is thought of as 'hovering' over the first syllable of _serene_, 182.

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  • With a wave of his hand he blanked the desktop and looked up at her, his expression serene once more.

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  • She looked like a sleeping angel, her expression serene, her hair a disheveled waterfall on the pillow.

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