[ sur-muh-net ]
/ ˌsɜr məˈnɛt /


a brief sermon or homily: five-minute radio sermonettes.

Nearby words

  1. serkin, rudolf,
  2. serlio,
  3. sermocination,
  4. sermon,
  5. sermon on the mount,
  6. sermonic,
  7. sermonize,
  8. sero-,
  9. serocolitis,
  10. seroconversion

Origin of sermonette

First recorded in 1805–15; sermon + -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sermonette

  • Perhaps, if at once followed by questions upon the sermonette, it might thus become very useful.

    The Parish Clerk (1907)|Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • As soon as my sermonette was over quite a number of friends crowded around me and showered congratulations on me.

Word Origin and History for sermonette



1814, diminutive from sermon + -ette. Poe used sermonoid (1849); sermuncle (1886) also has been tried. English writers have turned to the Italian double diminutive sermonettino (1818) to describe notably trifling efforts.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper