noun, plural so·lem·ni·ties.
- solemn high mass,
- solemn league and covenant,
- solemn mass,
- solemn vow,
Origin of solemnity
Examples from the Web for solemnity
Ghusul is a ritual cleansing from head to toe, in this instance performed with all the solemnity of a trip to a water park.
The Roman Catholic Church refers to it as the “Solemnity of All Saints.”
Love seldom reaches upward to solemnity; but love in the bosom of God,--is there nothing solemn there?
I give you the assurance with all the solemnity possible that my devotion to her is greater to-day than ever.The Faith Doctor|Edward Eggleston
The cloisters are surpassed by none in beauty of architecture and solemnity of effect.A Comprehensive History of Norwich|A. D. Bayne
The solemnity of her husband's assertion made Clarissa grave.The Voyage Out|Virginia Woolf
He didnt mind in the least, so long as he succeeded in keeping off her solemnity.Adrienne Toner|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
noun plural -ties
c.1300, "observance of ceremony," from Old French solemnite, solempnete "celebration, high festival, church ceremony" and directly from Latin solemnitatem (nominative solemnitas) "a solemnity," from sollemnis (see solemn). Meaning "state of being solemn" is from 1712. Related: Solemnities.