mourn·​ing | \ ˈmȯr-niŋ How to pronounce mourning (audio) \

Definition of mourning

1 : the act of sorrowing She is still in mourning for her dead husband.
2a : an outward sign (such as black clothes or an armband) of grief for a person's death lots of people there, and only one man in full mourning— Arnold Bennett
b : a period of time during which signs of grief are shown after a long mourning, resume their ordinary dresses— Henry Reed

Examples of mourning in a Sentence

a day of national mourning She is still in mourning for her dead husband. The whole town was in mourning. a period of deep mourning His widow was dressed in mourning.
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Recent Examples on the Web

As a symbol of the country's mourning, Rosales waved a Venezuelan flag made with shades of gray instead of the original vibrant yellow, blue and red. Scott Smith,, "Venezuela’s Maduro flexes military power in parade to celebrate country’s independence," 5 July 2019 The social media post also announced that Khalid’s funeral would take place on Wednesday, followed by three days of mourning with flags ordered to fly at half-mast. Stephanie Petit,, "Crown Prince from the United Arab Emirates and Fashion Designer Dies Unexpectedly at 39," 3 July 2019 Automotive, business and civic leaders reacted with praise and mourning late Tuesday for automotive giant Lee Iacocca, 94, who died earlier in the day at home in California. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca tributes: 'A Detroit car guy if there ever was one'," 2 July 2019 If that world of crises and mourning was not enough for the elderly painter, German forces were stopped just short of Paris in September of that year, and the long horrible Great War began. Dallas News, "Return of the Lilies: Monet makes a triumphant encore at the Kimbell," 28 June 2019 Hereditary was about a family (and especially a woman) in deep mourning after the ordinary death of one family member and the tragic death of another. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Midsommar is a brutish, nasty daylight nightmare from the director of Hereditary," 20 June 2019 The shock of the murder brought widespread mourning and outrage to Native communities and made national headlines. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019 An enormous choking silence rose up in me, and there was ice around my heart, which was filled with mourning, and there was ice too in my throat, so that to speak would have been to choke on ice. Justin Taylor, Harper's magazine, "What it Means to Be Alive," 10 June 2019 And the eventual confirmation that her body was found tossed along an Arkansas roadside put the city in collective mourning. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Sunday proclaimed 'Maleah Davis Day' in Houston," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of mourning

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mourning

: the act of mourning for someone who has died
: great sadness felt because someone has died
: black clothing that is worn to show that you are mourning for someone who has died


mourn·​ing | \ ˈmȯr-niŋ How to pronounce mourning (audio) \

Kids Definition of mourning

1 : the act of feeling or expressing sorrow
2 : an outward sign (as black clothes or an arm band) of grief for a person's death

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