Somber definition

sŏmbər
Dark and gloomy or dull.
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Earnest and solemn; grave.
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Mentally depressed or depressing; melancholy.
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Dark; gloomy.

A somber room.

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The definition of somber is very dark or gloomy or mentally depressed or solemn.

An example of somber is an outfit made up of all black.

An example of somber is the atmosphere at a funeral.

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Dull or dark in color.

Somber hues.

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Melancholy; dismal.

A somber mood.

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Serious; grave.

A somber spokesperson.

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Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.
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Alternative form of sombre.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
somber
Comparative:
somberer
Superlative:
somberest

Origin of somber

  • French sombre from Old French from sombrer to cast a shadow from Late Latin subumbrāre from Latin sub umbrā in shadow sub under sub– umbrā ablative of umbra shadow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French sombre (“shady, gloomy"), from Spanish sombra (“shade, dark part of a picture, also a ghost"), probably from Latin *subumbrare, from sub (“under") + umbra (“shade").

    From Wiktionary