verb \ˈmrn\

: to feel or show great sadness because someone has died

: to feel or show great sadness or unhappiness about (something)

Full Definition of MOURN

intransitive verb
:  to feel or express grief or sorrow
:  to show the customary signs of grief for a death; especially :  to wear mourning
:  to murmur mournfully —used especially of doves
transitive verb
:  to feel or express grief or sorrow for
:  to utter mournfully
mourn·er noun
mourn·ing·ly \ˈmr-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of MOURN

  1. She is still mourning her husband, who died last year.
  2. Thousands of people mourned his death.
  3. She was mourned by everyone who knew her.
  4. She mourned the loss of her youth.
  5. He still mourns the fact that he never went to college.

Origin of MOURN

Middle English, from Old English murnan; akin to Old High German mornēn to mourn, Greek mermēra care — more at memory
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with MOURN

MOURN Defined for Kids


verb \ˈmrn\

Definition of MOURN for Kids

:  to feel or show grief or sorrow especially over someone's death
mourn·er noun


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