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 Bennettb : 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.
Recent Examples of mourning from the Web
Some have angered residents who do not want to live in such proximity to death and mourning.
This book is a kind of prayer for her mother — an act of mourning and remembrance, a purposeful act of grieving.
The response has run the gamut between rank speculation and elegiac mourning.
The hideous Sunday incident, which caused at least one death and multiple injuries, led to a familiar reaction: Outrage, grief, mourning and a show of solidarity, led by British politicians and religious leaders.
Whatever Trump said knocked the wind from his wife’s sails on what was supposed to be a joyous occasion for her, even if a mourning day for most of us.
Portugal called for three days of mourning to be observed for the victims of one of the most deadly forest fires in its recent history.
Jill Toyoshiba and Scott Canon The Kansas City Star Mourning loss of 8-year-old A boy’s reported drowning in a bathtub in KC has led to mourning by an Illinois community, where the boy used to live, Toriano Porter reports.
LONDON — Concern, frustration, mourning, but also a determination to get on with daily life.
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First Known Use of mourning
MOURNING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mourning for English Language Learners
: 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
MOURNING Defined for Kids
Definition of mourning for Students
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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