Examples of somber in a Sentence
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
This year marks a somber anniversary—it was 150 years ago that humans wiped out the last survivors of this species. A relative of the razorbills and puffins, and about the size of a small goose, the great auk was black-bodied with a white underbelly, and walked erect, like a penguin. —Bill Montevecchi, Natural History, August 1994
The purple darkness was filled with men who lectured and jabbered. Sometimes he could see them gesticulating against the blue and somber sky. —Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage, 1895
Her death put us in a somber mood.
The movie is a somber portrait of life on the streets.
He wore a somber suit.
Recent Examples of somber from the Web
Our next lunch was somber, and the day after that my three co-workers went out to eat, not inviting me.
There was no dancing as the mood grew more somber during a Vietnam veterans song.
Press secretary Sean Spicer described it as a somber scene.
Trump said, his tone somber, America’s acrimonious politics set aside for the moment.
Khloé tells the ladies about her fertility issue and is pretty somber.
Thousands of fans lined the streets of Macon to honor Allman, who was carried into Rose Hill Cemetery as a bagpiper played a somber tune.
Horn calls peaked the enormous tutti crescendos, and Till approached his somber end with an insolent whistle from clarinet.
The next day, at a somber news conference, a doctor said Mike Frier would likely never walk again.
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Origin and Etymology of somber
First Known Use: 1760See Words from the same year
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Definition of somber for English Language Learners
: very sad and serious
: having a dull or dark color
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