Definitions

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

  • n. The quality or condition of being solemn.
  • n. A solemn observance or proceeding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being deeply serious and sober or solemn.
  • n. An instance or example of solemn behavior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; religious or ritual ceremony.
  • n. ceremony adapted to impress with awe.
  • n. Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave earnestness; formal dignity; gravity.
  • n. Hence, affected gravity or seriousness.
  • n. Solemn state or feeling; awe or reverence; also, that which produces such a feeling.
  • n. A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; a ceremonial or festal occasion; ceremony in general; celebration; festivity.
  • n. The state or character of being solemn; gravity; impressiveness; solemness: as, the solemnity of his manner; a ceremony of great solemnity.
  • n. Affected or mock gravity or seriousness; an aspect of pompous importance.
  • n. In law, a solemn nr formal observance; the formality requisite to render an act valid.

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

  • n. a solemn and dignified feeling
  • n. a trait of dignified seriousness

Etymologies

Middle English solemnity ("observance of formality and ceremony"), frequently in the phrases in solemnity, with solemnity, which from Old French solemnite, from Latin sollemnitās, from sollemnis. (Compare solemn.) (Wiktionary)

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