Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chiefly British Variant of somber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dark; gloomy.
  • adj. Dull or dark in colour.
  • adj. Melancholy; dismal.
  • adj. Grave.
  • n. gloom; obscurity; duskiness

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See somber, etc.

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

Etymologies

From French, from Latin sub- + umbra. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For his picture does remain sombre, since for him the nature of man is wounded, if not corrupted.

    François Mauriac - Banquet Speech

  • As we reached the windmill, as though in sombre greeting, the floating mists on the near horizon seemed to part, and there rose from them a dark, jagged tower, one side of it torn away.

    England's Effort: Letters to an American Friend

  • Under the working of these thoughts, Mr. Carleton sometimes forgot to talk to his little charge, and would walk for a length of way by her side, wrapped up in sombre musings.

    Queechy

  • But several depict Obama alone, his expression sombre, even weary.

    Barack Obama's down but not out

  • He recalled the sombre anguish he had surprised in the young girl's eyes, then her comforted glance when her mother smiled at once upon Gorka and Maitland.

    Cosmopolis — Complete

  • The mood at yesterday's mostly private meeting between families and Sir John and four members of his committee was described as sombre and quietly emotional.

    The Daily Star

  • But then, the atmosphere at The GRV last night could only be described as sombre, so it's fair to say that an off night was had by all.

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  • Who the hell in the media got the idea that the shows were "sombre"?

    Defending Lilith Fair - Arts & Culture - Macleans.ca

  • The fact is, the "sombre" message (as it is being officially endorsed) of a jewel encrusted and glorified dynastic ruler is a far cry from the values of humility and humanity that Jesus Christ represents for those of the Abrahamic faiths.

    Shirin Sadeghi: Ahmadinejad's Alternative to the Queen's Christmas Message

  • "And [fermata symbol over dash] ---- [breath symbol] [slur symbol and" sombre "over the following words] they were sore afraid."

    Style in Singing

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  • Yet the dust advances like a ghost along the road, down the valley plain. The dry turf of the valley-bed gleams like soft skin, sunlit and pinkish ochre, spreading wide between the mountains that seem to emit their own darkness, a dark-blue vapour translucent, sombring them from the humped crests downwards. The many-pleated, noiseless mountains of Mexico.

    - D.H. Lawrence, Market Day, from Mornings in Mexico, 1927

    October 5, 2008