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  1. calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled: a serene landscape;serene old age.

  2. clear; fair: serene weather.

  1. Usually Serene . most high or august (used as a royal epithet, usually preceded by his, your, etc.): His Serene Highness.

  1. serenity; tranquility: the serene of early morning at the lake.

  2. Archaic. a clear or tranquil expanse of sea or sky.

Origin of serene

First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English, from Old French serein and Latin serēnus (of the sky, weather) “clear, unclouded”

synonym study For serene

1. See peaceful.

Other words for serene

Opposites for serene

Other words from serene

  • se·rene·ly, adverb
  • se·rene·ness, noun
  • o·ver·se·rene, adjective
  • o·ver·se·rene·ly, adverb
  • un·se·rene, adjective
  • un·se·rene·ly, adverb
  • un·se·rene·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use serene in a sentence

  • Each day he was sending serenely confident telegrams to Calcutta and receiving equally reassuring ones from a fatuous Viceroy.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • It is like a sudden resurrection of all the loved, long-mourned dead that sleep so serenely in their tended plots.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • The smoke curled away serenely through the calm air of the evening.

  • An eagle floated serenely on the upper air currents, automatically adjusting himself to their constant changing.

    Tiger Cat | David H. Keller

British Dictionary definitions for serene


/ (sɪˈriːn) /

  1. peaceful or tranquil; calm

  2. clear or bright: a serene sky

  1. (often capital) honoured: used as part of certain royal titles: His Serene Highness

Origin of serene

C16: from Latin serēnus

Derived forms of serene

  • serenely, adverb
  • sereneness, noun

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