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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: sombre, probably from Latin sub 'under' + umbra 'shade, shadow'

sombre

adjective
     
Related topics: Colours
som‧bre British English ; somber American English
1 sad and serious [= grave]:
They sat in sombre silence.
We were all in a somber mood that night.
a sombre expression
on the sombre occasion of his mother's funeral
2CC dark and without any bright colours:
a sombre grey suit
sombrely adverb
sombreness noun [uncountable]

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