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 Gamers across the country are in mourning after organizers announced Tuesday that Gen Con, Indianapolis' annual gaming convention, has been canceled in the face of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "'It's like canceling Christmas': Gen Con vendors, fans react to loss of 2020 convention," 19 May 2020 Melissa Etheridge is a mother in mourning after her son Beckett died on Wednesday after an opioid overdose. Ashley Boucher,, "Melissa Etheridge Speaks Out After Her Son Beckett's Death: ‘My Heart Is Broken’," 13 May 2020 Another glimmer of hope for families in mourning: maybe a year from now, at the customary ceremony dedicating the headstone at the cemetery, everyone who wanted to attend the funeral can gather in person. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jewish funerals can't wait for the pandemic to end. But mourners find comfort in virtual communities.," 12 May 2020 Barely three weeks later, the NBA was in mourning again and this time, it was truly stunned after the 41-year-old Kobe Bryant, one of the biggest names in basketball history, died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others. Don Riddell, CNN, "From Chinese controversy to Kobe's death and finally coronavirus; this NBA season will live long in the memory," 7 Apr. 2020 Sports and entertainment events canceled, postponed Sports fans across the country are in mourning this week after a series of announcements from professional- and collegiate-level organizations paused or altogether canceled their seasons. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways the coronavirus outbreak has already changed life in Indiana," 13 Mar. 2020 The coronavirus outbreak in Iran, one of the worst hit countries outside China, has collided with a nation still in mourning. Melissa Etehadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Iranians cope with coronavirus with dancing doctors and humor," 13 Mar. 2020 The Pistons, the NBA and the entire world is in mourning after Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others died Sunday from a helicopter crash in southern California. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons remember Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash: 'He'll live forever'," 27 Jan. 2020 In response to the high number of deaths from the novel coronavirus, the Chinese government made the decision Friday to include a shutdown of mobile game servers in its national day of mourning, planned for this Saturday. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "China's Mobile Game Servers to Shutter for 24 Hours in Coronavirus Memorial," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mourning

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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29 May 2020

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“Mourning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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