mourning

noun mourn·ing \ ˈmȯr-niŋ \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of mourning

1 : the act of sorrowing
  • She is still in mourning for her dead husband.
2 a : 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

  1. a day of national mourning

  2. She is still in mourning for her dead husband.

  3. The whole town was in mourning.

  4. a period of deep mourning

  5. His widow was dressed in mourning.

Recent Examples of mourning from the Web

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First Known Use of mourning

13th century



MOURNING Defined for English Language Learners

mourning

noun

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

mourning

noun mourn·ing \ ˈmȯr-niŋ \

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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