|Origin:||austerus, from Greek austeros 'severe'|
plain and simple and without any decoration:
the church's austere simplicity
someone who is austere is very strict and serious - used to show disapproval:
Her father is a very austere man.
an austere way of life is very simple and has few things to make it comfortable or enjoyable:
Cuthbert led an austere life of prayer and solitude.