Definition of somberly in US English:


(British sombrely)


  • See somber

    • ‘The stained glass windows are of the expected bright colouring and the dark choir stalls sombrely face each other from both sides of the aisle, in the usual manner.’
    • ‘Dozens of officers forming a Guard of Honour snapped to attention as the procession, headed by two mounted officers and the solitary drummer, sombrely approached the building.’
    • ‘Earlier, the marble-effect coffin, decorated with cherubs, was carried sombrely into the church by four pallbearers.’
    • ‘Participants and onlookers stood sombrely as a single cannon shot heralded the silence, which marks the beginning of the armistice on November 11 1918.’
    • ‘Then she went back to the main house and to her bedroom, washed her face, put on a new scarf and attended to dinner efficiently but sombrely.’