solemn

[ sol-uhm ]
/ ˈsɒl əm /

adjective


Nearby words

  1. sole trader,
  2. sole-charge school,
  3. sole-source,
  4. solecism,
  5. solely,
  6. solemn high mass,
  7. solemn league and covenant,
  8. solemn mass,
  9. solemn vow,
  10. solemnify

Origin of solemn

1275–1325; Middle English solem(p)ne (< Old French) < Late Latin sōlennis, sōlempnis, Latin sōlemnis, variant of sollemnis consecrated, holy, derivative of sollus whole

SYNONYMS FOR solemn
1. unsmiling, serious. See grave2. 2. august, imposing, stately. 4. ritual, ceremonial. 6. devotional, sacred.

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British Dictionary definitions for solemnly

solemn

/ (ˈsɒləm) /

adjective

characterized or marked by seriousness or sinceritya solemn vow
characterized by pomp, ceremony, or formality
serious, glum, or pompous
inspiring awea solemn occasion
performed with religious ceremony
gloomy or sombresolemn colours
Derived Formssolemnly, adverbsolemnness or solemness, noun

Word Origin for solemn

C14: from Old French solempne, from Latin sōllemnis appointed, perhaps from sollus whole

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Word Origin and History for solemnly

solemn

adj.

mid-14c., "performed with due religious ceremony or reverence, sacred, devoted to religious observances," also, of a vow, etc., "made under religious sanction, binding," from Old French solempne (12c., Modern French solennel) and directly from Latin sollemnis "annual, established, religiously fixed, formal, ceremonial, traditional," perhaps related to sollus "whole" (see safe (adj.)).

"The explanation that Latin sollemnis was formed from sollus whole + annus year is not considered valid" [Barnhart], but some assimilation via folk-etymology is possible. In Middle English also "famous, important; imposing, grand," hence Chaucer's friar, a ful solempne man. Meaning "marked by seriousness or earnestness" is from late 14c.; sense of "fitted to inspire devout reflection" is from c.1400. Related: Solemnly.

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