mo·​rale | \ mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio) \

Definition of morale

1 : moral principles, teachings, or conduct
2a : the mental and emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, confidence, or loyalty) of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand The team's morale is high.
b : a sense of common purpose with respect to a group : esprit de corps The ship's morale improved after two days of shore leave.
3 : the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future The failure of his play did not affect his morale.

Examples of morale in a Sentence

The team is playing well and their morale is high. The President's speech boosted the morale of the troops.

Recent Examples on the Web

Food will be subject to stricter weight, volume and durability requirements, even as it is supposed to support crew morale for longer stretches. Chelsea Gohd, Scientific American, "The Space Station May Soon Smell like Fresh-Baked Cookies," 2 July 2019 The recent installation of surveillance cameras in key facilities at the utility’s Carrollton plant, intended to improve accountability, has dampened morale, the employees said. Beau Evans,, "Sewerage & Water Board employees, clocking long hours, long to be heard – not watched," 28 June 2019 Johnson promised to address the shortage of officers by improving salaries, benefits and morale, and also said the city's police need to work on developing trust with communities. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "At inauguration, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson promises 'a new day' at City Hall with focus on civility, ethics," 17 June 2019 Republicans will gather in the Sharonville Convention Center on June 22 – 500 days before the November 2020 election – to raise their morale, register people to vote and maybe encourage more candidates to run. Scott Wartman,, "Republicans in Hamilton County trying to get a head start on 2020. It might already be too late," 16 June 2019 The company has clearly defined a set of core values designed to promote positive morale for employees, greater efficiencies and overall success of our organization. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 Do top lottery leadership managers believe there’s a morale problem, and if so, how serious? Jon Lender,, "Jon Lender: Lottery’s survey finds distrust by some employees who view agency as 'secretive’ or 'North Korea-like’," 7 June 2019 Despite their growling stomachs, the students’ morale remained high. Susan Shain, The Atlantic, "When Your Final Exam Is Surviving the Wilderness," 5 June 2019 And mounting workplace stress is weighing down on morale and productivity, too. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Most Indian employees aren’t fully engaged at work, still they are better than anyone else," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of morale

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for morale

in sense 1, from French, from feminine of moral, adjective; in other senses, modification of French moral morale, from moral, adjective

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English Language Learners Definition of morale

: the feelings of enthusiasm and loyalty that a person or group has about a task or job


mo·​rale | \ mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio) \

Kids Definition of morale

: the condition of the mind or feelings (as in relation to enthusiasm, spirit, or hope) of an individual or group The team's morale is low.

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