Definition of mourning
- She is still in mourning for her dead husband.
- lots of people there, and only one man in full mourning
- —Arnold Bennett
- after a long mourning, resume their ordinary dresses
- —Henry Reed
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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: 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
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