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
However, second half goals from Juan Alberto Schiaffino and Alcides Ghiggia saw Uruguay win the game and send the whole of Brazil into mourning.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15, the public, as well as members of the Jane Austen Society who are dressed in Regency attire, will reenact a mourning procession to establish the world record.
The capital would have been plunged into mourning, and political tensions — already high after our contentious 2016 election — would have risen dramatically.
Elgin's human and social services community is in mourning following Thursday's unexpected death of Lisa LaForge, 62, the executive director of the Family Service Association of Greater Elgin.
Some have angered residents who do not want to live in such proximity to death and mourning.
As for mourning doves, Michigan is one of only eight U.S. states with no hunt for them, and the only state in the Midwest without a mourning dove hunt.
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.
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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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