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noun Meteorology.
  1. fine rain falling after sunset from a sky in which no clouds are visible.
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Origin of serein

1865–70; < French serein, Middle French serain evening, nightfall < Vulgar Latin *sērānum, equivalent to Latin sēr(um) a late hour (neuter of sērus late) + -ānum, neuter of -ānus -an; compare obsolete English serene < Middle French
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Historical Examples of serein

  • Serein, se-rang′, n. a fine rain which falls from a cloudless sky.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


British Dictionary definitions for serein


  1. fine rain falling from a clear sky after sunset, esp in the tropics
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Word Origin for serein

C19: via French, from Old French serain dusk, from Latin sērus late
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