from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Dark; gloomy.
- adj. Dull or dark in color.
- adj. Melancholy; dismal: a somber mood.
- adj. Serious; grave.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.
- adj. Dark, lacking color or brightness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Dull; dusky; somewhat dark; gloomy
- adj. Melancholy; sad; grave; depressing
- transitive v. To make somber, or dark; to make shady.
- n. Gloom; obscurity; duskiness; somberness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dark; dull; dusky; gloomy: as, a somber hue; somber clouds.
- Dismal; melancholy; dull: opposed to cheerful.
- Synonyms Darksome, cloudy, murky.
- To make somber, dark, or gloomy; shade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking brightness or color; dull
- adj. grave or even gloomy in character
French 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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"). (Wiktionary)