Definition of somber in English:

somber

Syllabification: som·ber
Pronunciation: /ˈsämbər
 
/
(British also sombre)

adjective

Derivatives

somberly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Dozens of officers forming a Guard of Honour snapped to attention as the procession, headed by two mounted officers and the solitary drummer, sombrely approached the building.
  • Participants and onlookers stood sombrely as a single cannon shot heralded the silence, which marks the beginning of the armistice on November 11 1918.
  • The stained glass windows are of the expected bright colouring and the dark choir stalls sombrely face each other from both sides of the aisle, in the usual manner.

somberness

noun
More example sentences
  • The Soho streets, their sombreness heightened by the glorious evening sunshine that flooded the near empty pavements on Thursday night, were alive again.
  • You could hear the sombreness of the vast Finnish forests, the determination and endurance of her people, and the ingenuity of its composer in striking degree here.
  • And if the passing of the great man brought a sombreness to the mood, that wasn't lifted by what happened on the pitch.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French, based on Latin sub 'under' + umbra 'shade'.

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