Definitions of solemn

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal.
  4. Stately; ceremonious; grand.
  5. Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise; solemn earnestness.
  6. Real; earnest; downright.
  7. Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face.
  8. Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in solemn form.
  9. Solemnness.
  10. Attended with sacred rites or ceremonies; as, a solemn feast- day; inspiring awe or fear; serious.
  11. Taking place every year, said especially of religious ceremonies: attended with religious ceremonies, pomp, or gravity: impressing with seriousness: awful: devout: having the appearance of gravity: devotional: attended with an appeal to God, as an oath: serious.
  12. Religiously grave; serious; impressive; awe- inspiring.
  13. Solemness.
  14. Impressive; aweinspiring; sacred.
  15. Marked with religious gravity, pomp, or sanctity; religiously grave or serious; affecting with seriousness; grave; affectedly grave; formal; attended with a serious appeal to God; marked with solemnities.
  16. Marked with religious gravity; affecting with seriousness; adapted to impress seriousness or reverence; having the appearance of seriousness or gravity; serious; reverential; devotional.

Usage examples for solemn

  1. Was it very solemn, Sam? – At Sunwich Port, Complete by W.W. Jacobs
  2. Her face grew solemn. – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  3. It's our solemn duty to keep him for good and all out of mischief. – The Return by Walter de la Mare
  4. Dear old chap, he said in a solemn voice, in the case of a woman one cannot tell even one's best friend. – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  5. Friends, he went on in a still more solemn voice, the rest of my story is short. – Lysbeth A Tale Of The Dutch by H. Rider Haggard
  6. The doctor took him by the arm, and so into the solemn room. – The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  7. One does have solemn thoughts sometimes, Frank,- especially when one is ill. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  8. It carries in its type a most solemn reality. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  9. It was to me a solemn parting. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  10. But if you tell what we are doing, we shall be free from our solemn promise to you. – The Children's Bible by Henry A. Sherman Charles Foster Kent
  11. Up, and to the office, where a full Board sat all the morning, busy among other things concerning a solemn letter we intend to write to the Duke of York about the state of the things of the Navy, for want of money, though I doubt it will be to little purpose. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  12. It is a solemn moment. – The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 2 (of 10) by Edith Wharton
  13. The child, still looking at her in that strange and solemn manner, asked suddenly,- " Who are you?" – Outpost by J.G. Austin
  14. " Excuse me," he said, while the child gazed at him in solemn surprise. – American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum
  15. She will never know that I put it into the fire, and with what strange and solemn thoughts I watched it burn. – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  16. In the days gone by he used to wonder how it was that his mother's hand used to tremble in his when those solemn words echoed in the church. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  17. Do find some one who won't be solemn!" – Democracy An American Novel by Henry Adams
  18. He dropped into a sound sleep with a pleasant smile upon his usually solemn face. – The Tale of Solomon Owl by Arthur Scott Bailey
  19. Marjorie had felt very sad and solemn during that last brief wait for the train which was to bear her from home and her own. – Marjorie Dean College Freshman by Pauline Lester
  20. There's no call for alarm, I give you my solemn word. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover