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[sol-uh m-nahyz] /ˈsɒl əmˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), solemnized, solemnizing.
to perform the ceremony of (marriage).
to hold or perform (ceremonies, rites, etc.) in due manner.
to observe or commemorate with rites or ceremonies:
to solemnize an occasion with prayer.
to go through with ceremony or formality.
to render solemn, serious, or grave; dignify.
verb (used without object), solemnized, solemnizing.
to become solemn; conduct oneself with solemnity.
Also, especially British, solemnise.
Origin of solemnize
1350-1400; Middle English solempnise < Medieval Latin sōlemnizāre, equivalent to Latin sōlemnis solemn + -izāre -ize
Related forms
solemnization, noun
solemnizer, noun
unsolemnized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for solemnised
Historical Examples
  • Even the pirates seemed to be solemnised by what had passed.

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • “That will be clever,” returned the chief, solemnised in spite of himself.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • Even the Indians were solemnised by what appeared to be a death-scene.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • “It was a narrow escape, Betsy,” said Marie, solemnised by the incident.

    The Madman and the Pirate R.M. Ballantyne
  • Divine service was to be solemnised every morning and evening.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • It was solemnised in as private and quiet a manner as possible.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • This is arranged with the vicar of the church where the marriage is solemnised.

  • It is supposed that marriage in Japan must be solemnised by a priest, but this is not so.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
  • Hasty preparations were made, and the marriage was solemnised by proxy.

  • Dick Shand had not been found,—who had been living with Caldigate when the marriage was supposed to have been solemnised.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for solemnised


verb (transitive)
to celebrate or observe with rites or formal ceremonies, as a religious occasion
to celebrate or perform the ceremony of (marriage)
to make solemn or serious
to perform or hold (ceremonies, etc) in due manner
Derived Forms
solemnization, solemnisation, noun
solemnizer, solemniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for solemnised



late 14c., "honor by ceremonies," from Old French solemnisier, from Medieval Latin solemnizare, from Latin solemnis (see solemn). Meaning "render solemn" is from 1726. Related: Solemnized; solemnizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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