What does solemn mean?

Definitions for solemn
ˈsɒl əmsolemn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grave, sedate, sober, solemnadjective

    dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

    "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"

  2. earnest, sincere, solemnadjective

    characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

    "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"


  1. solemnadjective

    Deeply serious and somber.

  2. solemnadjective

    Somberly impressive.

  3. solemnadjective

    Performed with great ceremony.

  4. solemnadjective


  5. solemnadjective

    Gloomy or sombre.

  6. Etymology: From solemne, from solempne, from solennis and solempnis, from solemnis, from sollemnis, from sollus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SOLEMNadjective

    Etymology: solemnel, French; solemnis, Latin.

    The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn supplication observed every year. Edward Stillingfleet.

    His holy rites and solemn feasts profan’d. John Milton.

    Then ’gan he loudly through the house to call,
    But no one care to answer to his cry;
    There reigned a solemn silence over all. Fairy Queen.

    To ’swage with solemn touches troubled thoughts. John Milton.

    Nor then the solemn nightingale ceas’d warbling. John Milton.

    When Steele reflects upon the many solemn strong barriers to our succession of laws and oaths, he thinks all fear vanisheth: so do I, provided the epithet solemn goes for nothing; because though I have heard of a solemn day, and a solemn coxcomb, yet I can conceive no idea of a solemn barrier. Jonathan Swift.


  1. solemn

    The term solemn is commonly used to describe a serious, earnest, or grave tone or demeanor. It refers to an atmosphere or behavior that is marked by dignity, seriousness, or respect. Solitude and contemplation are often associated with solemn occasions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solemnadjective

    marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or connected with, religion; sacred

  2. Solemnadjective

    pertaining to a festival; festive; festal

  3. Solemnadjective

    stately; ceremonious; grand

  4. Solemnadjective

    fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise; solemn earnestness

  5. Solemnadjective

    real; earnest; downright

  6. Solemnadjective

    affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face

  7. Solemnadjective

    made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in solemn form

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Solemn

    sol′em, adj. attended with religions ceremonies, pomp, or gravity, originally taking place every year, said esp. of religious ceremonies: impressing with seriousness: awful: devout: having the appearance of gravity: devotional: attended with an appeal to God, as an oath: serious: sober, gloomy, black.—n. Solemnisā′tion.—v.t. Sol′emnise, to perform religiously or solemnly once a year, or periodically: to celebrate with due rites: to render grave.—ns. Sol′emniser; Solem′nity, a solemn religious ceremony: a ceremony adapted to inspire with awe: reverence: seriousness: affected gravity.—adv. sol′emnly.n. Sol′emnness. [O. Fr. solempne, solemne (Fr. solennel)—L. sollemnis, solennissollus, all, every, annus, a year.]

Anagrams for solemn »

  1. Lemnos

  2. lemons

  3. melons

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solemn in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solemn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of solemn in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Pelosi:

    Too many families in too many communities have been forced to endure the daily horror of gun violence. Enough is enough. The Republican Senate's continued inaction dishonors our solemn duty to protect innocent men, women and children and end this epidemic once and for all.

  2. Brian Hargis:

    REJOICE AND CELEBRATE! today is NOT a ‘tragic error’ nor a ‘very solemn moment for the United States.’ We should not condemn the Supreme Court to Hell as Maxine Waters did today.

  3. Kevin Daley:

    They can take them if there are required services that take place during the school day, and Good Friday is regarded by Christians as certainly the most solemn of days of the church calendar.

  4. Director Chad Massengill:

    It's very solemn around here this morning, it's very difficult to deal with.

  5. Texas Gov. Greg Abbot:

    The Brewster County deputies’ crosses neither establish a religion nor threaten any person’s ability to worship God, or decline to worship God, in his own way, the symbol of the cross appropriately conveys the solemn respect all Texans should have for the courage and sacrifice of our peace officers.

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