solemnity

[ suh-lem-ni-tee ]
/ səˈlɛm nɪ ti /

noun, plural so·lem·ni·ties.

the state or character of being solemn; earnestness; gravity; impressiveness: the solemnity of a state funeral.
Often solemnities. a solemn observance, ceremonial proceeding, or special formality: the solemnities of Easter.
Law. a formality that renders an act or document valid.

Origin of solemnity

1250–1300; Middle English solempnete < Old French < Latin sollemnitās, equivalent to sollemnis solemn + -itās- -ity
Related formso·ver·so·lem·ni·ty, nounsem·i·so·lem·ni·ty, nounsu·per·so·lem·ni·ty, noun
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solemnity

/ (səˈlɛmnɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being solemn
(often plural) solemn ceremony, observance, celebration, etc
law a formality necessary to validate a deed, act, contract, etc

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