- IPA: /səˈlɛmnɪti/
- The quality of being deeply serious and sober or solemn.
- the solemnity of a funeral
- The stateliness and gravity of the Spaniards shows itself in the solemnity of their language.
- These promises were often made with great solemnity and confirmed with an oath.
- An instance or example of solemn behavior; a rite or ceremony performed with reverence.
- 1703, Alexander Pope, transl., “The Thebais of Statius”, in The Works of Alexander Pope, London: H. Lintont et al., published 1751:
- Great was the cause; our old solemnities / From no blind zeal or fond tradition rise, / But saved from death, our Argives yearly pay / These grateful honours to the god of day.
- The forms and solemnities of the last judgment.
- (Catholicism) A feast day of the highest rank celebrating a mystery of faith such as the Trinity, an event in the life of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, or another important saint.
- (legal) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.
- (obsolete) A celebration or festivity.
- Russian: серьёзность
- Spanish: solemnidad