- sole trader,
- sole-charge school,
- solemn high mass,
- solemn league and covenant,
- solemn mass,
- solemn vow,
Origin of solemn
Examples from the Web for solemnly
In America: The National Catholic Review, for example, John Nassivera solemnly intones that ectogenesis is “a very serious thing.”
These are not folks coming to solemnly worship during the several visiting hours open to non-Muslims.
Irene Prusik died that same month, and Parkin solemnly posed for a snapshot beside the open casket.Brooklyn’s Real-Life Norman Bates Accused of Cross-Dressing Fraud|Michael Daly|April 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“There is a revolution coming,” Professor Reich solemnly proclaimed.Could Mitt Romney Be the Last Baby Boomer to Run for President?|Michael Medved|April 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“So sad,” the former president of Pakistan muttered under his breath as he solemnly read the news from home.
I solemnly believe that we are facing another crisis in our history; it is slowly, gradually, inevitably and surely approaching.The Modern Ku Klux Klan|Henry Peck Fry
And most solemnly do I swear, that Miss Howe shall come in for her snack.Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
And then the waving banners, roaring cannon, and the slow procession, moving all too solemnly for our impatient wishes!Western Characters|J. L. McConnel
In the last writing of Thompson, he solemnly affirmed his belief in a "just and merciful God."The Story of a Strange Career|Anonymous
Then solemnly: Because the rattlesnakes dont kill em, an no one knows wherefore.The Sunset Trail|Alfred Henry Lewis
Word Origin for solemn
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.