Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • noun a solemn and dignified feeling
  • noun a trait of dignified seriousness

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.