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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

Noun (1) losing my favorite sweater left me in a bad mood for the rest of the day there's a haunting mood of melancholy about the ruined old castle in his mood, the king spared no one his venomous tongue
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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 23 Jul. 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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