follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

solemnize

[sol-uh m-nahyz] /ˈsɒl əmˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), solemnized, solemnizing.
1.
to perform the ceremony of (marriage).
2.
to hold or perform (ceremonies, rites, etc.) in due manner.
3.
to observe or commemorate with rites or ceremonies:
to solemnize an occasion with prayer.
4.
to go through with ceremony or formality.
5.
to render solemn, serious, or grave; dignify.
verb (used without object), solemnized, solemnizing.
6.
to become solemn; conduct oneself with solemnity.
Also, especially British, solemnise.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English solempnise < Medieval Latin sōlemnizāre, equivalent to Latin sōlemnis solemn + -izāre -ize
Related forms
solemnization, noun
solemnizer, noun
unsolemnized, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for solemnization
  • After the solemnization of marriage, the bride departs with her husband.
British Dictionary definitions for solemnization

solemnize

/ˈsɒləmˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to celebrate or observe with rites or formal ceremonies, as a religious occasion
2.
to celebrate or perform the ceremony of (marriage)
3.
to make solemn or serious
4.
to perform or hold (ceremonies, etc) in due manner
Derived Forms
solemnization, solemnisation, noun
solemnizer, solemniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for solemnize

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for solemnization

24
0
Scrabble Words With Friends