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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.


  1. somber

    Somber generally refers to something that is dark, gloomy, serious or intensely solemn. It can describe a person's mood, tone, atmosphere, color, or environment that is lacking brightness, cheerfulness or happiness. It is often associated with situations related to death, tragedy or any serious matter which arouses grave feelings or emotions.

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. Ken Monaghan:

    The tone of the conference was relatively constructive but still a bit somber because clearly the market had gone through period of stress last year.

  2. Julius Grey:

    When you're having dinner with Tom the laughter is constant, he's not a somber policy wonk.

  3. Jerry Bostick:

    It was a can-do attitude, we were very sober and somber in what we were doing. We took it very seriously. We worked very hard. But at the same time it was fun, we really didn't think of it as a job, even though we were working twelve hours a day at least, six days a week. We didn't understand the magnitude of what we were doing, the gee-whiz aspects.

  4. Fridjof Nansen:

    If nations could overcome the mutual fear and distrust whose somber shadow is now thrown over the world, and could meet with confidence and good will to settle their possible differences, they would easily be able to establish a lasting peace.

  5. Alex Villanueva:

    This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement, it pisses me off, it dismays me at the same time. There's no pretty way to say it.

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