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[sol-uh m-nahyz] /ˈsɒl əmˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), solemnized, solemnizing.
to perform the ceremony of (marriage).
to hold or perform (ceremonies, rites, etc.) in due manner.
to observe or commemorate with rites or ceremonies:
to solemnize an occasion with prayer.
to go through with ceremony or formality.
to render solemn, serious, or grave; dignify.
verb (used without object), solemnized, solemnizing.
to become solemn; conduct oneself with solemnity.
Also, especially British, solemnise.
Origin of solemnize
1350-1400; Middle English solempnise < Medieval Latin sōlemnizāre, equivalent to Latin sōlemnis solemn + -izāre -ize
Related forms
solemnization, noun
solemnizer, noun
unsolemnized, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • So far, therefore, from answering it immediately, I resolved not to reply to it till after the solemnization of my marriage.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I searched in my drawer and read over the "Form of solemnization of Matrimony."

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • From this nightly solemnization many of the words connected with this subject are derived.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • She is indeed between the contract of her marriage and its solemnization.

  • Consent alone will not constitute marriage; it must be followed by a solemnization authorized by the code.

  • We are just returned from the solemnization of the last mournful rite.

  • We are informed that the solemnization of it was owing to a miracle.

  • During the solemnization of the Olympic Games, the bitterest animosities were laid aside.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The poor babe had died unchristened, and under such circumstances the rubric forbade the solemnization of funeral rites.

  • The preliminaries of marriage and the solemnization of the rite itself are a fruitful source of difficulty.

    Churchwardens' Manual George Henry
British Dictionary definitions for solemnization


verb (transitive)
to celebrate or observe with rites or formal ceremonies, as a religious occasion
to celebrate or perform the ceremony of (marriage)
to make solemn or serious
to perform or hold (ceremonies, etc) in due manner
Derived Forms
solemnization, solemnisation, noun
solemnizer, solemniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for solemnization

mid-15c., "act of celebrating," from Old French solemnisation, solempnisation, or directly from Medieval Latin solempnizationem (nominative solempnizatio), from Latin sollemnis (see solemn).



late 14c., "honor by ceremonies," from Old French solemnisier, from Medieval Latin solemnizare, from Latin solemnis (see solemn). Meaning "render solemn" is from 1726. Related: Solemnized; solemnizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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