Definition of solemnity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//səˈlemnəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈlemnəti//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the quality of being solemn He was smiling, but his eyes retained a look of solemnity. She handed him the envelope with mock solemnity. He was buried with great pomp and solemnity. I responded with due solemnity. The monument was unveiled with great solemnity.
  2. 2solemnities [plural] (formal) formal things that people do at a serious event or occasion to observe the solemnities of the occasion
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘observance of formality and ceremony’, frequently in the phrases in solemnity, with solemnity): from Old French solemnite, from Latin sollemnitas, from sollemnis ‘customary, celebrated at a fixed date’, from sollus ‘entire’.
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