Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Content or composed; untroubled.
  • adjective Unaffected by disturbance; calm or peaceful: synonym: calm.
  • adjective Unclouded; fair.
  • adjective Used as a title and form of address for certain members of royalty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The chilly damp of evening; unwholesome air; blight.
  • To make clear and calm; tranquilize.
  • To clear; clarify.
  • 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.
  • noun Clearness; serenity; a serene expanse or region.
  • noun Serenity; placidity; tranquillity; calmness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Poetic. Serenity; clearness; calmness.
  • noun obsolete Evening air; night chill.
  • adjective Bright; clear; unabscured.
  • adjective Calm; placid; undisturbed; unruffled.
  • adjective (Med.) See Amaurosis.
  • transitive verb To make serene.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin serēnus, serene, clear.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Latin serēnus ("clear, cloudless, untroubled").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French serein ("evening"), Vulgar Latin *serānum — from substantive use of sērum, neuter of sērus ("late") + -ānus suffix.

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

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

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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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