adjective \ˈsäm-bər\

: very sad and serious

: having a dull or dark color

Full Definition of SOMBER

:  so shaded as to be dark and gloomy
a :  of a serious mien :  grave <somber dignitaries>
b :  of a dismal or depressing character :  melancholy
c :  conveying gloomy suggestions or ideas
:  of a dull or heavy cast or shade :  dark colored
som·ber·ly adverb
som·ber·ness noun

Variants of SOMBER

som·ber or som·bre \ˈsäm-bər\

Examples of SOMBER

  1. Her death put us in a somber mood.
  2. The movie is a somber portrait of life on the streets.
  3. He wore a somber suit.
  4. Looking out at his audience, a somber mass of monks, Gregory gave Mary a new identity that would shape her image for fourteen hundred years. —Jonathan Darman, Newsweek, 29 May 2006

Origin of SOMBER

French sombre
First Known Use: 1760

Rhymes with SOMBER


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