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plural -s
: the head of a lance blunted for tilting


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adjective (1)

: of or relating to a heraldic representation of a lion without teeth, tongue, or claws


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adjective (2)

: having a dismal quality or effect : gloomy
the morne cliffs, the dead cities, the desolate shores of a leaden seaBoris von Anrep

Word History



Middle English moorne, from Middle French morne cap to cover the head of a tilting lance, from morner to blunt, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German mornēn to grieve, mourn

Adjective (1)

French, from past participle of morner to blunt

Adjective (2)

French, from Old French, from morner to blunt

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“Morne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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