Meaning of “austere” in the English Dictionary

"austere" in British English

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austereadjective

uk /ɔːˈstɪər/ us /ɑːˈstɪr/
austerely
adverb uk /ɔːˈstɪə.li/ us /ɑːˈstɪr.li/

Her dress was simple and austerely elegant.

(Definition of “austere” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"austere" in American English

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austereadjective

us /ɔˈstɪər/

plain and without decoration, comforts, or anything extra:

Despite their wealth, they lead an austere life.
She depicts the austere beauty of the desert.

An austere person does not seem friendly.

(Definition of “austere” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)