from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Deeply earnest, serious, and sober.
- adj. Somberly or gravely impressive. See Synonyms at serious.
- adj. Performed with full ceremony: a solemn High Mass.
- adj. Invoking the force of religion; sacred: a solemn vow.
- adj. Gloomy; somber.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Deeply serious and somber.
- adj. Somberly impressive.
- adj. Performed with great ceremony.
- adj. Sacred.
- adj. Gloomy or sombre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or connected with, religion; sacred.
- adj. Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal.
- adj. Stately; ceremonious; grand.
- adj. Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by seriousness; serious; grave; devout.
- adj. Real; earnest; downright.
- adj. Affectedly grave or serious.
- adj. Made in form; ceremonious; ; conforming with all legal requirements.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Recurring yearly; annual.
- Marked by religious rites or ceremonious observances; connected with religion; sacred; also, marked by special ritual or ceremony.
- Pertaining to holiday; festive; joyous.
- Of high repute; important; dignified.
- Fitted to excite or express serious or devout reflections; grave; impressive; awe-inspiring: as, a solemn pile of buildings.
- Marked by seriousness or earnestness in language or demeanor; impressive; grave: as, to make a solemn promise; a solemn utterance.
- Affectedly grave, serious, or important: as, to put on a solemn face.
- Accompanied with all due forms or ceremonies; made in form; formal; regular: now chiefly a law term: as, probate in solemn form.
- Sober; gloomy; dark: noting color or tint.
- Synonyms August, venerable, grand, stately.
- Serious, etc. (see grave), reverential, sober.
- To solemnize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions
- adj. dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
Middle English solemne, from Old French, from Latin sollemnis, established, customary; see sol- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English solemne, from Old French solempne, from Late Latin sōlennis and sōlempnis, from Latin sōlemnis, from sollemnis ("ritual; festive, solemn, customary, celebrated at a fixed date"), from sollus ("entire"). (Wiktionary)