[ suh-brahy-i-tee, soh- ]
/ səˈbraɪ ɪ ti, soʊ- /


the state or quality of being sober.
temperance or moderation, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.
seriousness, gravity, or solemnity: an event marked by sobriety.

Origin of sobriety

1375–1425; late Middle English sobrietie (< Old French sobriete) < Latin sōbrietās, equivalent to sōbri(us) sober + -etās, variant of -itās -ity after vowel stems
Related formsnon·so·bri·e·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sobriety


/ (səʊˈbraɪətɪ) /


the state or quality of being sober
the quality of refraining from excess
the quality of being serious or sedate
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Word Origin and History for sobriety



c.1400, "moderation in indulgence," from Old French sobriete "sobriety, moderation" (Modern French sobrieté) or directly from Latin sobrietatem (nominative sobrietas), from sobrius (see sober (adj.)). Meaning "steadiness, gravity" is recorded from 1540s.

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