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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 serenely
  • He has traveled through time, and now gazes serenely at us.
  • The rain has ceased and the sun is shining serenely.
  • serenely doing little or nothing also frees your mind for your research and teaching.
  • She was never rattled, and she serenely reeled off one extremist bromide after another.
  • And this baritone serenely removes the scarf, stamps it out, and continues singing as if nothing were wrong with the world.
  • Visitors can also escape the city streets in the museum's pair of serenely landscaped sculpture gardens.
  • Apparently the producers do not know, either, for the last time he is seen he is still rowing serenely from the island of doom.
  • They spend their days serenely observing, unable to interact with people, and they feel neither pain nor joy.
  • She spoke serenely of life as the experience of drifting in a rudderless, leaky old boat.
  • The absence of televisions in the serenely decorated, air-conditioned guest rooms helps maintain a peaceful atmosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for serenely


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 serenely



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.

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