Definition of sombre adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English) (US English somber) adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈsɒmbə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːmbər//
    Unhappiness, Describing art
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  1. 1dark in colour; dull synonym drab dressed in sombre shades of grey and black See related entries: Describing art
  2. 2sad and serious synonym melancholy Paul was in a sombre mood. The year ended on a sombre note. See related entries: Unhappiness
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from French, based on Latin sub ‘under’ + umbra ‘shade’.Extra examples His eyes grew sombre. She was in a somewhat sombre mood. The funeral cortège passed, to suitably sombre music. The mood in Parliament remained sombre. Her expression grew sombre. Paul was in a quiet and sombre mood. The year had ended on a sombre note.