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  1. gloomily dark; shadowy; dimly lighted: a somber passageway.

  2. dark and dull, as color, or as things in respect to color: a somber dress.

  1. gloomy, depressing, or dismal: a somber mood.

  2. extremely serious; grave: a somber expression on his face.

Origin of somber

First recorded in 1750–60; from French, Middle French sombre, probably noun derivative of sombrer (unrecorded) “to make shady,” from Vulgar Latin subumbrāre (unrecorded), from Latin sub- sub- + umbrāre “to cast a shadow” (derivative of umbra “shade, shadow”)
  • Also especially British, som·bre .

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Other words from somber

  • som·ber·ly, adverb
  • som·ber·ness, noun
  • un·som·ber, adjective
  • un·som·ber·ly, adverb
  • un·som·ber·ness, noun

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