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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drab, sober, somber, sombreadjective

    lacking brightness or color; dull

    "drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan grey"; "children in somber brown clothes"

  2. somber, sombre, melancholyadjective

    grave or even gloomy in character

    "solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood"


  1. somberadjective

    Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

  2. somberadjective

    Dark, lacking color or brightness.

  3. Etymology: From sombre, from sombra, probably, from *, from ex + umbra, or according to some, the Spanish and Portuguese forms are, from *, from sub + umbra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Somberadjective

    alt. of Sombre

  2. Somberverb

    alt. of Sombre

  3. Sombernoun

    alt. of Sombre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of somber in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of somber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of somber in a Sentence

  1. Ugo Betti:

    Thought itself needs words. It runs on them like a long wire. And if it loses the habit of words, little by little it becomes shapeless, somber.

  2. Jimmy Williams:

    The president should strike a tone of somber and yet hope for the American people and for those who sacrificed their lives defending our country after 9/11.

  3. Wolf Blitzer:

    As president of the United States you have to look at these issues in a more somber and sober way.

  4. A.E. Samaan:

    Your eagerness betrays your patina of somber patience. Your desire unfolds with but a gentle touch.

  5. Alexander MacLaren:

    Every life has dark tracts and long stretches of somber tint, and no representation is true to fact which dips its pencil only in light, and flings no shadows on the canvas.

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