The downtown ceremony for the victims of the shooting at The Covenant School was largely somber and silent and filled with young people. First lady Jill Biden and singer Sheryl Crow were among those attending, as were civic leaders including the mayor and police chief.
1760, of places or landscapes, "gloomy, shadowy" (earlier this was sombrous, 1701), from French sombre "dark, gloomy" (14c.), an adjective formed from Late Latin subumbrare "to shadow," from sub "under" (see sub-) + umbra "shade, shadow" (see umbrage). Of feelings, "dismal, melancholy, dull," by 1821. Related: Somberly; somberness. 041b061a72