- 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 serenely
It was his own spiritual narrative and it was surprisingly, serenely, humbling.Stephen Baldwin Tried to Convert Me—Twice
February 15, 2009
"Accessible in two hundred years, all right," insisted Dick serenely.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
"And no doubt perfectly able to afford it," remarked Edna, serenely.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Outside of the family circle, however, they were serenely reticent.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
"You scold like a drunken fish-wife," said Lingard, serenely.An Outcast of the Islands
"Don't know, Jerry, and don't care," looking down at me serenely.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
- 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 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.