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somber (adj.)

1760 "gloomy, shadowy" (earlier sombrous, c. 1730), from French sombre "dark, gloomy," from Old French sombre (14c.), from an adjective from Late Latin subumbrare "to shadow," from sub "under" (see sub-) + umbra "shade, shadow" (perhaps from a suffixed form of PIE *andho- "blind, dark;" see umbrage). Related: Somberly; somberness.

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Definitions of somber from WordNet

somber (adj.)
lacking brightness or color; dull;
children in somber brown clothes
Synonyms: drab / sober / sombre
somber (adj.)
grave or even gloomy in character;
a somber mood
a suit of somber black
Synonyms: sombre / melancholy
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