Definition of mourning in English:


Syllabification: mourn·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈmôrniNG


  • 1The expression of deep sorrow for someone who has died, typically involving following certain conventions such as wearing black clothes: she’s still in mourning after the death of her husband
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    • The university closed for three days as of Friday and flags are flying at half-mast in mourning of the rector's death.
    • The best thing anyone in mourning can do is live and hope.
    • The view that the whole nation was in mourning was well wide of the mark.
    grief, grieving, sorrowing, lamentation, lament, keening, wailing, weeping
  • 1.1Black clothes worn as an expression of grief when someone dies.
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    • Wives wear mourning for the relatives of their husbands precisely as they would for their own, as would husbands for the relatives of their wives.
    • Children under fifteen are not expected to wear mourning, nor should any girl under seventeen wear crape.
    • Indeed, many people do not put on mourning at all, save for very near relatives.
    black (clothes), (widow's) weeds
    archaic sables

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