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 The victory provided a significant morale boost to the Mexican people and came to serve as a symbol of the country’s spirit and perseverance. Leada Gore |, al, 5 May 2021 The 42-year-old has spent the last 13 days here, and nurses say her remarkable improvement is a morale boost for the whole floor. Kate Wells, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2021 Finding ways to celebrate the wins will provide a welcome morale boost to your entire team. John Hall, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 But now, the success of the vaccine distribution stands as a possible morale boost for a country in which many people wondered last year whether their government was still capable of accomplishing ambitious projects. NBC News, 24 Mar. 2021 His success could inspire another student to give wrestling a try, and winning a state title just six years after the program's resurrection would be a big morale boost. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Feb. 2021 Biden is also expected to deliver a morale boost to State Department staffers who were frequently viewed with suspicion by former President Donald Trump and top officials inside his White House. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 4 Feb. 2021 Reed’s dad said the attention of Blinken and others has been a huge morale boost. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2021 But it's also been a morale boost to have a new project to focus on. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, 12 Dec. 2020

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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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“Morale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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