- calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled: a serene landscape; serene old age.
- clear; fair: serene weather.
- (usually initial capital letter) most high or august (used as a royal epithet, usually preceded by his, your, etc.): His Serene Highness.
- serenity; tranquillity.
- Archaic. a clear or tranquil expanse of sea or sky.
Origin of serene
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Examples from the Web for serene
Her Serene Highness also appears to have taken solace in extensive surgical alterations to her body over the past three years.Princess Charlene's Monaco Nightmare
September 15, 2014
She describes the events with a serene demeanor and soft but rapid speech.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide?
April 20, 2014
He apologizes to Mike, who is sitting there like a serene Buddha.The 17 Most Iconic Scenes in ‘Breaking Bad’ (VIDEO)
September 29, 2013
The beach extends for 10km and is pocketed with serene, uninhabited sections.Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World
September 21, 2013
The mood is serene and polished, juxtaposing hard and soft, technology and craft.Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2014: Serenity Now
September 11, 2013
Her mother was looking at her with a serene comprehension and compassion.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Burke retained his manner of serene indifference to the other's agitation.Within the Law
The General-in-chief was, as he had said, confident and serene.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
It slid off now at sight of Cornelia Opp's serene, sweet face.Quaint Courtships
But his serene confidence in his magic caught their credulity.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- peaceful or tranquil; calm
- clear or brighta serene sky
- (often capital) honoured: used as part of certain royal titlesHis Serene Highness
Word Origin and History for serene
mid-15c., "clear, calm," from Latin serenus "peaceful, calm, clear" (of weather), figuratively "cheerful, glad, tranquil," of uncertain origin; perhaps from a suffixed variant of PIE *ksero- "dry," source of Greek xeros "dry" (see xerasia). In English, applied to persons since 1630s. Related: Serenely.