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somber

[ som-ber ]
/ ˈsɒm bər /
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adjective

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.

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Also especially British, som·bre .

Origin of somber

1750–60; <French sombre,Middle French, probably noun derivative of *sombrer to make shady <Vulgar Latin *subumbrāre, equivalent to Latin sub-sub- + umbrāre to cast a shadow, derivative of umbra shade

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