[ 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 forms

non·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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