Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

mourning

play
noun mourn·ing \ˈmȯr-niŋ\

Simple Definition of mourning

  • : the act of mourning for someone who has died

  • : great sadness felt because someone has died

  • : black clothing that is worn to show that you are mourning for someone who has died

Full Definition of mourning

  1. 1 :  the act of sorrowing

  2. 2 a :  an outward sign (as black clothes or an armband) of grief for a person's death b :  a period of time during which signs of grief are shown

Examples of mourning

  1. a day of national mourning

  2. She is still in mourning for her dead husband.

  3. The whole town was in mourning.

  4. a period of deep mourning

  5. His widow was dressed in mourning.



13th Century

First Known Use of mourning

13th century

Rhymes with mourning



MOURNING Defined for Kids

mourning

play
noun mourn·ing \ˈmȯr-niŋ\

Definition of mourning

  1. 1 :  the act of feeling or expressing sorrow

  2. 2 :  an outward sign (as black clothes or an arm band) of grief for a person's death





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mourning? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift kittly-benders pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ