Definition of solemn adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɒləm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːləm//
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  1. 1(of a person) not happy or smiling synonym serious Her face grew solemn. a solemn expression opposite cheerful
  2. 2done, said, etc. in a very serious and sincere way a solemn oath/undertaking/vow, etc. a solemn and binding promise
  3. 3(of a religious ceremony or formal occasion) performed in a serious way a solemn ritual More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘associated with religious rites’): from Old French solemne, from Latin sollemnis ‘customary, celebrated at a fixed date’, from sollus ‘entire’.Extra examples Her mood was rather solemn. His face grew solemn. Our most solemn duty is to protect the public. She usually had a smile on her face, but now she looked solemn. Her expression grew solemn. I made a solemn promise that I would return. She looked at the solemn faces of the children. You have all taken a solemn oath of loyalty to your country.
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