Origin of somber
Examples from the Web for somber
It was both stylish and somber while being suitably grand for the formality of the occasion.
It was an intimate and somber plea, like a parent opening an intervention with a wayward child.
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|Tim Mak|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Marlow Stern|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Three peculiar creatures each take a journey through a vibrant, yet somber world, perfectly complimenting the tone of the track.Selena Gomez, Lil Wayne & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Jean Trinh|May 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Most of to-day I have spent under roof, brooding over the somber problem which hourly grows more threatening.A Maid of the Kentucky Hills|Edwin Carlile Litsey
He paused, his hand arrested in the act of hanging up his last necktie, and for a moment his face was somber.The Star Lord|Boyd Ellanby
In the middle of this the handle was softly turned, and Zoe Vizard came in, pale and somber.The Woman-Hater|Charles Reade
In that somber room, he knew, had had place whatever was most worthy in the lives of his forebears.The Valiants of Virginia|Hallie Erminie Rives
Between the top of the socks and his claret-colored velveteen breeches, his dark-brown bowed legs made a somber break.Little Washington's Relatives|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
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.