1. Content or composed; untroubled: "She remained serene in the face of her accusers" (Peter Matthiessen).
2. Unaffected by disturbance; calm or peaceful: a serene forest. See Synonyms at calm.
3. Unclouded; fair: serene skies and a bright blue sea.
4. often Serene Used as a title and form of address for certain members of royalty: Her Serene Highness; His Serene Highness.
[Middle English, from Latin serēnus, serene, clear.]
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