Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[suh-ren-i-tee] /səˈrɛn ɪ ti/
noun, plural serenities for 2.
the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness.
(usually initial capital letter) a title of honor, respect, or reverence, used in speaking of or to certain members of royalty (usually preceded by his, your, etc.).
Origin of serenity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English serenite < Latin serēnitās. See serene, -ity
Related forms
overserenity, noun
1. composure, calm, peacefulness, peace.
1. agitation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for serenity
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Yet his nonchalance, his serenity—something about him—irritated her.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Yet, in spite of this and other trials, he seems to have preserved his serenity of spirit.

  • This unusual question apparently had no effect upon her serenity.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • The difference only between the eagle and the vulture,—serenity or restlessness.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Freed from the wrangling and confusion which the presence of the others bred, Flavia regained her serenity as she walked.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for serenity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being serene
(often capital) a title of honour used of certain royal personages: preceded by his, her, etc
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 Origin and History for serenity

1530s, of weather, 1590s, of persons, from Middle French sérénité, from Latin serenitatem (nominative serenitas) "clearness, serenity," from serenus (see serene). Earliest use (mid-15c.) was as a title of honor for kings, probably from the similar use of Latin serenitas, applied to Roman emperors, later popes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for serenity

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for serenity