- An example of somber is an outfit made up of all black.
- An example of somber is the atmosphere at a funeral.
The definition of somber is very dark or gloomy or mentally depressed or solemn.
- dark and gloomy or dull
- mentally depressed or depressing; melancholy
- earnest and solemn; grave
Origin of somberFrench sombre from Late Latin an unverified form subumbrare, to shade from Classical Latin sub, under + umbra, shade
Also Chiefly Brit.som′bre
- a. Dark; gloomy: a somber room.b. Dull or dark in color: somber hues.
- a. Melancholy; dismal: a somber mood.b. Serious; grave: a somber spokesperson.
Origin of somberFrench sombre from Old French from sombrer to cast a shadow from Late Latin subumbrāre from Latin sub umbrā in shadow sub under ; see sub- . umbrā ablative of umbra shadow
(comparative somberer, superlative somberest)
(third-person singular simple present sombers, present participle sombering, simple past and past participle sombered)
- Alternative form of sombre.