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English definition of “solemn”


adjective    /ˈsɑl·əm/
having or showing serious purpose and determination : He looked stern and solemn, and rarely spoke . The memorial was a very solemn occasion . solemnity    /səˈlem·nɪ·t̬i/ noun [U] There was an air of solemnity in the room . solemnly    /ˈsɑl·əm·li/ adverb Borden solemnly promised that he would take care of it.
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