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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Sol"emn
  1. 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.]
  2. Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal.(Obs)"On this solemnday." [Chaucer.]
  3. Stately; ceremonious; grand.(Archaic)"His feast so solemn and so rich." [Chaucer.]"To-night we hold a splemn supper." [Shak.]
  4. 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.]
  5. 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.]
  6. Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face."A solemncoxcomb." [Swift.]
  7. [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

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  1. Characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions ("a film with a solemn social message")
  2. Dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises ("a solemn promise" and "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence")

From Middle English solemne, from Old French solempne, from Late Latin sōlennis and sōlempnis, from Latin sōlemnis, from sollemnis (“ritual; festive, solemn, customary, celebrated at a fixed date”), from sollus (“entire”).

solemn was also found in the following language(s): Romanian

Fun Facts about the name Solemn

  • How unique is the name Solemn? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Solemn was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
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Past life for Solemn born Nov 1, 1954

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Arctic approximately on 1100. Your profession was entertainer, musician, poet, and temple-dancer.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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