from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The actions or expressions of one who has suffered a bereavement.
  • n. Conventional outward signs of grief for the dead, such as a black armband or black clothes.
  • n. The period during which a death is mourned.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of mourn.
  • n. The act of expressing or feeling sorrow or regret; lamentation.
  • n. Feeling or expressing sorrow over someone's death.
  • n. The traditional clothes worn by those who mourn (in Western societies, typically coloured black).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting.
  • adj. Employed to express sorrow or grief; worn or used as appropriate to the condition of one bereaved or sorrowing
  • n. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.
  • n. Garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp. clothing or a badge of somber black.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of lamenting or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.
  • n. The outward tokens or signs of sorrow for the dead, such as the draping of buildings in giving expression to public sorrow, the wearing of garments of a particular color, the use of black-bordered handkerchiefs, black-edged writing-paper and visiting-cards, etc.
  • Having to do with mourning for the dead; of such kind as is used in mourning for the dead: as, a mourning garment; a mourning hat-band.
  • n. See mourn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
  • adj. sorrowful through loss or deprivation
  • n. state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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