serein

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French serein. Doublet of serene.

Noun[edit]

serein (uncountable)

  1. Light rainfall from a cloudless sky after sunset.
    • 2000, Raphael Confiant, Mamzelle Dragonfly
      "She must have caught a chill from the serein, that's all!"

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French serein, probably from seri (calm, mild), serrit (with a change of suffix influenced by Latin serēnus), from a verb deriving from Latin serescō, serēscere (grow dry), itself from or related to serēnus (cloudless), by extension "calm, peaceful".

Adjective[edit]

serein (feminine singular sereine, masculine plural sereins, feminine plural sereines)

  1. (of sky) unclouded, clear
  2. (figuratively) serene, calm, tranquil
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Etymology 2[edit]

Either from Latin serenum (good weather), or from Old French serein (evening), from Latin serum.

Noun[edit]

serein m (plural sereins)

  1. (literary or regional) serein

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Etymology 1[edit]

From seri (calm, mild), serrit (with a change of suffix influenced by Latin serēnus), from a verb deriving from Latin serescō, serēscere (grow dry), itself from or related to serēnus (cloudless), by extension "calm, peaceful".

Adjective[edit]

serein m (oblique and nominative feminine singular sereine)

  1. serene, calm, tranquil

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Etymology 2[edit]

From a derivative of Latin serum.

Noun[edit]

serein m (oblique plural sereinz, nominative singular sereinz, nominative plural serein)

  1. evening

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