how to pronounce sombre


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the above transcription of sombre is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

sombre is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of sombre in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… later today very sombre thank you mr …”

meanings of sombre


  1. Melancholic, gloomy, dreary, dismal; grim.
  2. Dark; gloomy; shadowy, dimly lit.
  3. Grave; extremely serious.
  4. Dull or dark in colour or brightness.


  1. Gloom; obscurity; duskiness.


  1. To make sombre or dark; to make shady.

sombre frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word sombre occurs in english on average 4.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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