Adjective "sombre" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Dark or dull in colour or tone.
  1. 'Despite this beautiful and dreamy Titian, the tone continued to be rather sombre.'
  2. 'Indeed, the whole production is dark in terms of both light levels and the sombre browns and greys of the costuming and set.'
  3. 'Striped pants and jackets come in sombre or bold colours, and vertical striped sports shirts in uneven or even patterns.'
  4. 'The dark and somber corridors came alive with paintings, pictures, and poetry.'
  5. 'Neutral colours can look too bland and dark colours too sombre.'
  6. 'The room has a musty odour; the furniture looks dark, heavy and somber as if the house resents my presence.'
  7. 'Her husband, on the other hand, wears sombre tones of deep purple and black.'
  8. 'I hated Father Stone's somber church with its high dark ceilings that shut out the world.'
  9. 'Outside, the sky was muddled with the darkest blues and somber blacks, though it did not look menacing.'
  10. 'The colours lend a brightness to the grey and sombre winter's afternoon.'
Having or conveying a feeling of deep seriousness and sadness.
  1. 'The women look not just somber but grim, their mouths taut, their eyes wary.'
  2. 'If you haven't yet noticed, this album's tone is relatively somber.'
  3. 'You could have gone two ways with this thing and been very sombre and serious about this subject.'
  4. 'It was a cold morning as workers gathered for the meeting, a sea of black and grey and dark blue jackets, and the mood was as sombre as the colour of the crowd.'
  5. 'But you have a sombre, morose side which can mean you going for darker colours and shades.'
  6. 'But the counterpart to this enthusiasm was a sombre and deeply serious view of such a life's task.'
  7. 'On the subway, commuters wore sombre expressions they would wear on any such Friday.'
  8. 'So I hopped out, went out on the veranda and said hello and smiled at everybody, and they were all very sombre and gloomy.'
  9. 'Other writers were equally to popularize the notion of a fundamental watershed, but in tones that encouraged a more sombre mood.'
  10. 'Shimmering waves of washes, glistening tones, and bell accents establish the somber mood.'


1. gloomily dark; shadowy; dimly lighted: a somber passageway.

2. dark and dull, as color, or as things in respect to color: a somber dress.

3. gloomy, depressing, or dismal: a somber mood.

4. extremely serious; grave: a somber expression on his face.

More examples(as adjective)

"reports can be sombre on outlooks."

"people can be sombre in evenings."

"moods can be sombre as organisations."

"effects can be sombre for viewings."

"comments can be sombre in/at/on autumns."

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(somber)Mid 18th century: from French, based on Latin sub ‘under’ + umbra ‘shade’.