Definition of condolence in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /kənˈdəʊl(ə)ns/


(usually condolences)
An expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of the death of a person’s relative or close friend: we offer our sincere condolences to his widow [mass noun]: letters of condolence
More example sentences
  • All of us here express our sincere condolences to Roger's wife, family and friends.
  • The Garrafrauns group offers their condolences to his relations and wide circle of friends.
  • We wish to express our sincere condolences to all in our community who were bereaved during the year.
sympathy, commiseration(s), solace, comfort, consolation, fellow feeling, understanding, empathy, compassion, pity, solicitude, concern, support


Early 17th century: from condole, influenced by French condoléance.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: con|dol¦ence

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.