- Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or connected with, religion; sacred."His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned." [Milton.]"The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn supplication observed everry year." [Bp. Stillingfleet.]
- Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal.(Obs)"On this solemnday." [Chaucer.]
- Stately; ceremonious; grand.(Archaic)"His feast so solemn and so rich." [Chaucer.]"To-night we hold a splemn supper." [Shak.]
- Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise; solemn earnestness."Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage With solemn touches troubled thoughts." [Milton.]"There reigned a solemn silence over all." [Spenser.]
- Real; earnest; downright.(Obs. & R)"Frederick, the emperor, . . . has spared no expense in strengthening this city; since which time we find no solemn taking it by the Turks." [Fuller.]
- Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face."A solemncoxcomb." [Swift.]
- [Law] Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in solemn form.synonyms: Grave; formal; ritual; ceremonial; sober; serious; reverential; devotional; devout. See Grave.
Etymology: OE. solempne, OF. solempne, L. solemnis solennis sollemnis sollennis; sollus all, entire + annus a year; properly, that takes place every year; -- used especially of religious solemnities. Cf. Silly Annual