mourn·​ing ˈmȯr-niŋ How to pronounce mourning (audio)
: the act of sorrowing
She is still in mourning for her dead husband.
: 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 mourningArnold Bennett
: a period of time during which signs of grief are shown
after a long mourning, resume their ordinary dressesHenry 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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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mourning was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mourning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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mourn·​ing ˈmōr-niŋ How to pronounce mourning (audio)
: the act of grieving
: an outward sign (as black clothes or a black arm band) of grief for a person's death
to wear mourning
: a period of time during which signs of grief are shown
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