solemn: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sol'um), [key]
— adj.
  1. grave, sober, or mirthless, as a person, the face, speech, tone, or mood: solemn remarks.
  2. gravely or somberly impressive; causing serious thoughts or a grave mood: solemn music.
  3. serious or earnest: solemn assurances.
  4. characterized by dignified or serious formality, as proceedings; of a formal or ceremonious character: a solemn occasion.
  5. made in due legal or other express form, as a declaration or agreement: a solemn oath.
  6. marked or observed with religious rites; having a religious character: a solemn holy day.
  7. uttered, prescribed, or made according to religious forms: a solemn ban on sacrifice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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