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noun (1)

: a conscious state of mind or predominant emotion : feeling
He's been in a good mood all week.
also : the expression of mood especially in art or literature
archaic : a fit of anger : rage
: a prevailing attitude
the kind of mood that fostered the Salem witch trialsNat Hentoff
: a receptive state of mind predisposing to action
was not in a giving mood at the time
: a distinctive atmosphere or context : aura
the weary city's sullen moodMarilyn Stasio
the mood is quiet and sleepy, as guests pick blueberries and read by the pondJ. O. Nixon


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noun (2)

: the form of a syllogism as determined by the quantity and quality of its constituent propositions
: distinction of form or a particular set of inflectional forms of a verb to express whether the action or state it denotes is conceived as fact or in some other manner (such as command, possibility, or wish)

Examples of mood in a Sentence

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For the small provincial town setting and mood, Jønsson said she was inspired by personal memories. Annika Pham, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 These mood and personality changes usually happen within a few days of the injury with other concussion symptoms. Selene Yeager, Health, 8 Apr. 2024 Far from that, research published in Healthline also shows that a fluid loss of about 1.4% can significantly impact mood and concentration while significantly increasing the frequency of headaches. Hilary Tetenbaum, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 Given the choice of the base spirit, a bespoke aromatic bitter to suit their mood and taste, and the preferred garnish, guests engage with the mixologist arriving by the table and mixing the cocktail on the iconic Connaught Martini trolley. Matt Ortile, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Apr. 2024 But as the country’s post-millennial mood has soured its politics have turned increasingly toxic for Presidents seeking reëlection. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2024 These symptoms can include neck stiffness, mood changes, and constipation. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 Sierra Nevada Trail Pass Golden: Not a ton of flavor in this one, which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your mood. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 Miami players had Sunday and Monday off, and according to Gressel, the mood in camp has been upbeat heading into the NYCFC game. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English mōd; akin to Old High German muot mood

Noun (2)

alteration of mode entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mood was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an emotional state of mind or feeling
also : the feeling expressed in a work of art or literature
: a dominant attitude or spirit
the mood of the country was optimistic
: a distinctive atmosphere or context
the dark mood of the movie


2 of 2 noun
: a set of forms of a verb that show whether the action or state expressed is to be thought of as a fact, a command, or a wish or possibility


Old English mōd "a state of mind"


an altered form of mode

Medical Definition


: a conscious state of mind or predominant emotion : affective state : feeling sense 3

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