Meaning of “solemn” in the English Dictionary

"solemn" in British English

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uk /ˈsɒl.əm/ us /ˈsɑː.ləm/

serious and without any humour:

a solemn face/voice
solemn music
Everyone looked very solemn.
solemn promise, commitment, undertaking, etc.

an agreement that you make in a serious way and expect to keep

adverb uk /ˈsɒl.ə us /ˈsɑː.lə

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

"solemn" in American English

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us /ˈsɑl·əm/

having or showing serious purpose and determination:

He looked stern and solemn, and rarely spoke.
The memorial was a very solemn occasion.
noun [ U ] us /səˈlem·nɪ·t̬i/

There was an air of solemnity in the room.
adverb us /ˈsɑl·əm·li/

Borden solemnly promised that he would take care of it.

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