Definition of mourner in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːnə/


1A person who attends a funeral as a relative or friend of the dead person.
Example sentences
  • Family servants acted as pallbearers; the mourners were family and friends of the family.
  • Meanwhile, more than 300 mourners attended Clare's funeral, at St George's Church, to remember the life of their friend and colleague.
  • More than 1250 mourners attended Wodehouse's funeral in Edmonton.
1.1 historical A person hired to attend a funeral.
Example sentences
  • Zizek notes that the original model for this was the phenomenon of designated mourners hired to cry at funerals in certain cultures.
  • In Palestine, professional mourners were sometimes hired.
2Any of a number of drab-coloured South American tyrant flycatchers and related birds.
Example sentences
  • The Pale-bellied Mourner (Rhytipterna immunda) of northern South America is rare in museum collections, virtually unknown in life, and of uncertain generic and familial affinities.

Words that rhyme with mourner

corner, fauna, forewarner, Lorna, Morna, sauna, scorner, suborner, warner

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