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[suh-reen] /səˈrin/
calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled:
a serene landscape; serene old age.
clear; fair:
serene weather.
(usually initial capital letter) most high or august (used as a royal epithet, usually preceded by his, your, etc.):
His Serene Highness.
serenity; tranquillity.
Archaic. a clear or tranquil expanse of sea or sky.
Origin of serene
1495-1505; < Latin serēnus (of the sky, weather) clear, unclouded
Related forms
serenely, adverb
sereneness, noun
overserene, adjective
overserenely, adverb
unserene, adjective
unserenely, adverb
unsereneness, noun
1. undisturbed, imperturbable, unperturbed, composed, collected. See peaceful. 2. unclouded.
1. disturbed. 2. clouded. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for serene
  • The malls have that serene aura of undisturbed wilderness, with scarcely a shopper in sight.
  • The museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection and learning.
  • As ever, the president himself radiates a serene confidence.
  • It is by turns aloof and affectionate, serene and savage, endearing and exasperating.
  • The area was beautiful, the sounds serene, and even the smells delightful and earthy.
  • They have similarly serene personalities that sometimes make them seem a little detached.
  • Vistas of the lake reveal a serene scene surrounded by palatial villas, tree-clad mountains, and quaint villages.
  • People who have been inside say that the limo is eerily serene, as if the outside world were on mute.
  • But in each remaining image, the serene self-certainty in his eyes remains for all to see.
  • He is serene, still sensate, hardly inconvenienced by his own demise.
British Dictionary definitions for serene


peaceful or tranquil; calm
clear or bright: a serene sky
(often capital) honoured: used as part of certain royal titles: His Serene Highness
Derived Forms
serenely, adverb
sereneness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin serēnus
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Word Origin and History for serene

mid-15c., "clear, calm," from Latin serenus "peaceful, calm, clear" (of weather), figuratively "cheerful, glad, tranquil," of uncertain origin; perhaps from a suffixed variant of PIE *ksero- "dry," source of Greek xeros "dry" (see xerasia). In English, applied to persons since 1630s. Related: Serenely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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