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1Calm, peaceful, and untroubled; tranquil.‘her eyes were closed and she looked very serene’‘serene certainty’
- ‘Great minds such as ours must be serene and tranquil in order to remain above the fray.’
- ‘Inside it devastated him, but he forced the pain back and on the outside he put on a calm and serene face.’
- ‘He looked so serene in his sleep, like a little boy.’
- ‘He was in a calm and serene state of mind, the empty concentration that martial artists called the void.’
- ‘His glorious blond curls shone golden in the candlelight, framing his remarkably serene features.’
- ‘New mothers are usually stereotyped as being calmer and more serene after they give birth.’
- ‘The children and staff work and communicate in a very serene and peaceful fashion.’
- ‘Beth's face is serene and childlike in the dim light; she breathes slowly, deeply.’
- ‘During our one week cooling off period after signing the papers, I was strangely serene.’
- ‘She was calm, perfectly serene in her stance as she approached him.’
- ‘Even after the horror of it all, she still looked so serene.’
- ‘He was a jolly, pleasant and good natured gentleman whose calm and serene demeanour endeared him to many.’
- ‘For all her fierce colouring, her face was serene and her voice soft.’
- ‘I looked at it, suddenly calmed by its serene expression.’
- ‘Larry's face was calm, almost serene; his voice was quiet and steady.’
- ‘The expression he wore was calm, almost completely serene, except for the penetrating glare he had trained on Travis.’
- ‘You look so serene: sitting happily in the middle of all this chaos.’
- ‘She leaned back into me, a serene smile written across her beautiful lips.’
- ‘She seemed, to him, to be at peace, tranquil and serene.’
- ‘Whenever I was upset, I always turned to her, and she would talk to me in a calm, serene, optimistic manner, which always left me cheerful.’
2Serene(in a title) used as a term of respect for members of some European royal families.‘His Serene Highness’
nounusually the serene
An expanse of clear sky or calm sea.‘not a cloud obscured the deep serene’cloudless, unclouded, clear, bright, sunnyView synonyms
Late Middle English (describing the weather or sky as ‘clear, fine, and calm’): from Latin serenus.
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