somber

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adjective som·ber \ˈsäm-bər\
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sombre

Definition of somber

  1. 1 :  so shaded as to be dark and gloomy

  2. 2a :  of a serious mien :  grave somber dignitariesb :  of a dismal or depressing character :  melancholyc :  conveying gloomy suggestions or ideas

  3. 3 :  of a dull or heavy cast or shade :  dark colored

somberly

adverb

somberness

noun

Examples of somber in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Her death put us in a somber mood.

  5. The movie is a somber portrait of life on the streets.

  6. He wore a somber suit.

Origin and Etymology of somber

French sombre


First Known Use: 1760


SOMBER Defined for English Language Learners

somber

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adjective som·ber \ˈsäm-bər\

Definition of somber for English Language Learners

  • : very sad and serious

  • : having a dull or dark color


SOMBER Defined for Kids

somber

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adjective som·ber \ˈsäm-bər\
variants: or

sombre

\ˈsäm-bər\

Definition of somber for Students

  1. 1 :  very sad or serious a somber mood somber news

  2. 2 :  being dark and gloomy :  dull somber colors



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