What does the word austere mean?

Usage examples for austere

  1. He looked very beautiful and austere to Sylvia. – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  2. His had been plain and austere. – The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. For a moment Warwick's austere life looked hard to him, love seemed sweet, submission possible; for in all the world this was the only woman who clung to him, and it was beautiful to cherish and be cherished after years of solitude. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott