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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sol·emn /ˈsɑləm/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sol·emn a.
 1. Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or connected with, religion; sacred.
    His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned.   --Milton.
    The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn supplication observed everry year.   --Bp. Stillingfleet.
 2. Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal. [Obs.] “On this solemn day.”
 3. Stately; ceremonious; grand. [Archaic]
    His feast so solemn and so rich.   --Chaucer.
    To-night we hold a splemn supper.   --Shak.
 4. Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise; solemn earnestness.
 Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage
 With solemn touches troubled thoughts.   --Milton.
    There reigned a solemn silence over all.   --Spenser.
 5. Real; earnest; downright. [Obs. & R.]
    Frederick, the emperor, . . . has spared no expense in strengthening this city; since which time we find no solemn taking it by the Turks.   --Fuller.
 6. Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face. “A solemn coxcomb.”
 7. Law Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in solemn form.
 Solemn League and Covenant. See Covenant, 2.
 Syn: -- Grave; formal; ritual; ceremonial; sober; serious; reverential; devotional; devout. See Grave.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to
             keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet
             sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn
             promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced
             sentence" [syn: grave, sedate, sober]
      2: characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity
         of your opinions; "both sides were deeply in earnest, even
         passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a
         film with a solemn social message" [syn: earnest, in
         earnest(p), sincere]