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[suh-reen] /səˈrin/
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
First recorded in 1495-1505, serene is from the Latin word serēnus (of the sky, weather) clear, unclouded
Related forms
serenely, adverb
sereneness, noun
overserene, adjective
overserenely, adverb
unserene, adjective
unserenely, adverb
unsereneness, noun
1. undisturbed, imperturbable, unperturbed, composed, collected. See peaceful. 2. unclouded.
1. disturbed. 2. clouded. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "No, they expect to be late," answered Mrs. Brougham serenely.

    The Girls of St. Olave's Mabel Mackintosh
  • "I can draw very well," said Hilda, serenely, and with perfect truth.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • "You did that admirably, but it hasn't deceived me," said Paul serenely.

    The Making of a Prig Evelyn Sharp
  • The lady stared at him steadfastly and smiled to him affably and serenely.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • It was after Chatty had fulfilled this duty, and everybody was serenely preparing to go to bed, that the change came.

    A Country Gentleman and his Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • He made no response, and she was serenely aware of his silent disapproval.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Again and again religion has been pronounced obsolete, but passing through the midst of its detractors it serenely goes its way.

    Some Christian Convictions Henry Sloane Coffin
  • Jocantha Bessbury was in the mood to be serenely and graciously happy.

  • Seemingly he knew this as well as I, he was serenely at ease.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
British Dictionary definitions for serenely


peaceful or tranquil; calm
clear or bright: a serene sky
(often capital) honoured: used as part of certain royal titles: His Serene Highness
Derived Forms
serenely, adverb
sereneness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin serēnus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for serenely



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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