- gloomily dark; shadowy; dimly lighted: a somber passageway.
- dark and dull, as color, or as things in respect to color: a somber dress.
- gloomy, depressing, or dismal: a somber mood.
- extremely serious; grave: a somber expression on his face.
Origin of somber
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Examples from the Web for somber
It was both stylish and somber while being suitably grand for the formality of the occasion.Kate Middleton, the Preggers Fashion Princess
November 14, 2014
It was an intimate and somber plea, like a parent opening an intervention with a wayward child.How to Run a Statewide Campaign on $38
November 12, 2014
After Republicans took control of the Senate and made gains in the House, Democrats were in a somber, reflective mood.Asian Americans Are The Country’s Fastest Growing Swing Vote
November 9, 2014
“I think if anybody saw real fame first or secondhand, they would not want to pursue it at all,” says a somber Culkin.The Revival of Kieran Culkin: A Reluctant Star Seizes the Spotlight
October 23, 2014
In a somber tone, the balding man with white hair describes having lost two sons in the war, both of them fighters with Fatah.Hamas Claims ‘Victory’ Amid the Rubble of Gaza
August 28, 2014
He caught them, caught her somber eyes too, and was amused and rather stimulated.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I had them lighted, thinking that they would brighten up the somber room.The Flood
There was a somber light in his eyes, and his lips were whitening.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Texas, as somber as a spade flush, draws Boggs into a corner.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
Then slowly a somber twilight began to fall, and Axelson rose.
Word Origin and History for somber
1760 "gloomy, shadowy" (earlier sombrous, c.1730), from French sombre "dark, gloomy," from Old French sombre (14c.), from an adjective from Late Latin subumbrare "to shadow," from sub "under" (see sub-) + umbra "shade, shadow," perhaps from a suffixed form of PIE *andho- "blind, dark" (see umbrage). Related: Somberly; somberness.