\ ˈmȯrn How to pronounce mourn (audio) \
mourned; mourning; mourns

Definition of mourn

intransitive verb

1 : to feel or express grief or sorrow When he dies, people throughout the world will mourn.
2 : to show the customary signs of grief for a death especially : to wear mourning mourned for thirty days in black clothes
3 : to murmur mournfully used especially of doves

transitive verb

1 : to feel or express grief or sorrow for mourned the death of his son
2 : to utter mournfully let the whirlwind mourn its requiem— W. S. Gilbert

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Other Words from mourn

mourner noun
mourningly \ ˈmȯr-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce mourningly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mourn in a Sentence

She is still mourning her husband, who died last year. Thousands of people mourned his death. She was mourned by everyone who knew her. She mourned the loss of her youth. He still mourns the fact that he never went to college.
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Recent Examples on the Web While candidates are not mourning the loss of Soleimani, whom the Defense Department has blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, several are criticizing President Trump for ordering the attack. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Democratic presidential candidates react to Soleimani strike," 3 Jan. 2020 The college football community is mourning the death of Bryce Gowdy, a wide receiver who had just been recruited to the team at Georgia Tech. Ashley Boucher,, "17-Year-Old Georgia Tech Football Recruit Killed by Train in Florida: 'He Was a Great Friend to Many'," 30 Dec. 2019 The couple is also mourning the recent death of Blanca’s mother, who was an integral part of the family. Tatiana Sanchez,, "Father of three facing amputation finds crucial help to move ‘beyond this crisis’," 25 Dec. 2019 The city of Houston is mourning the loss of a police sergeant killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Saturday night. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Things to know about the killing of HPD Sgt. Christopher Brewster," 9 Dec. 2019 Fans of rapper, Juice Wrld, are mourning after learning of the musician's untimely death this past weekend. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Late Rapper Juice Wrld Predicted He Would Die at 21 In His Song "Legends"," 9 Dec. 2019 This début novel follows a taxidermist, Jessa-Lynn, who lives in central Florida and is mourning the death of her father. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Best Books of 2019," 2 Dec. 2019 Fans of fresh Southern food are mourning and celebrating the life of Jean Carter Ayers today after the long-time Huntsville produce and fruit vendor died Thursday from leukemia. Lee Roop |, al, "Jean Ayers’ food marked the Alabama seasons," 25 Nov. 2019 An Arizona community is in mourning for three children swept away when the family's truck got stuck crossing a creek. CBS News, "Winter storm slams the Northeast, killing at least 8," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mourn

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

History and Etymology for mourn

Middle English, from Old English murnan; akin to Old High German mornēn to mourn, Greek mermēra care — more at memory

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The first known use of mourn was before the 12th century

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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mourn.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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How to pronounce mourn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mourn

: to feel or show great sadness because someone has died
: to feel or show great sadness or unhappiness about (something)


\ ˈmȯrn How to pronounce mourn (audio) \
mourned; mourning

Kids Definition of mourn

: to feel or show grief or sorrow especially over someone's death

Other Words from mourn

mourner noun

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