In the fashionable shopping district of Damascus the atmosphere is somber.
Far from somber, the holiday is marked by laughter, music, dancing, and fireworks.
Both men were dressed like funeral directors, in dark suits, white shirts, and somber ties.
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.