What does mourn mean?

Definitions for mourn
mɔrn, moʊrnmourn

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word mourn.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mournverb

    feel sadness

    "She is mourning her dead child"

  2. mournverb

    observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one


  1. mournnoun

    Sorrow, grief.

  2. mournverb

    To express sadness or sorrow for; to grieve over (especially a death).

  3. Etymology: murnan, cognate with French morne.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Mournverb

    The muse that mourns him now his happy triumph sung. Dryden.

    Portius himself oft falls in tears before me,
    As if he mourn’d his rival’s ill success. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    The love-lorn nightingale
    Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well. John Milton.

  2. To Mournverb

    Etymology: murnan , Saxon.

    Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep. Genes.

    I mourn in my complaint. Psal. lv. 2.

    This day is holy; mourn not, nor weep. Neh. viii. 9.

    The people shall mourn over it. Hos. x. 5.

    My vineyard being desolate, mourneth unto me. Jer. xii.

    They made an appointment to mourn with him, and to comfort him. Job ii. 11.

    They rejoice at the presence of the sun, and mourn at the absence thereof. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 493.

    We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood? William Shakespeare.

    Friends in sable weeds appear,
    Grieve for an hour, perhaps they mourn a year;
    They bear about the mockery of woe
    To midnight dances, and the puppet-show. Alexander Pope.

    The days of mourning for my father are at hand, then will I slay Jacob. Gen. xxvii. 41.

    Feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on mourning apparel. 2 Sam. xiv. 2.

    Publish it that she is dead;
    Maintain a mourning ostentation,
    Hang mournful epitaphs. William Shakespeare, Much about nothing.


  1. mourn

    Mourning is the expression of an experience that is the consequence of an event in life involving loss, causing grief, occurring as a result of someone's death, specifically someone who was loved although loss from death is not exclusively the cause of all experience of grief.The word is used to describe a complex of behaviours in which the bereaved participate or are expected to participate, the expression of which varies by culture. Wearing black clothes is one practice followed in many countries, though other forms of dress are seen. Those most affected by the loss of a loved one often observe a period of mourning, marked by withdrawal from social events and quiet, respectful behavior. People may follow religious traditions for such occasions. Mourning may apply to the death of, or anniversary of the death of, an important individual such as a local leader, monarch, religious figure, or member of family. State mourning may occur on such an occasion. In recent years, some traditions have given way to less strict practices, though many customs and traditions continue to be followed.


  1. mourn

    To mourn is to feel or express intense sorrow or grief, often due to the death or loss of someone or something. This could involve crying, lamenting or engaging in certain rituals or behaviors associated with mourning customs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mournverb

    to express or to feel grief or sorrow; to grieve; to be sorrowful; to lament; to be in a state of grief or sadness

  2. Mournverb

    to wear the customary garb of a mourner

  3. Mournverb

    to grieve for; to lament; to deplore; to bemoan; to bewail

  4. Mournverb

    to utter in a mournful manner or voice

  5. Etymology: [AS. murnan; akin to OS. mornian, OHG. mornen, Goth. marnan.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mourn

    mōrn, v.i. to grieve: to be sorrowful: to wear mourning.—v.t. to grieve for: to utter in a sorrowful manner.—n. Mourn′er, one who mourns, one who attends a funeral in mourning-dress, esp. one of those related to the deceased.—adj. Mourn′ful, mourning: causing or expressing sorrow: feeling grief.—adv. Mourn′fully.—n. Mourn′fulness.—adj. Mourn′ing, grieving: lamenting.—n. the act of expressing grief: the dress of mourners, or other tokens of mourning.—ns. Mourn′ing-bride, the sweet scabious; Mourn′ing-cloak, an undertaker's cloak, formerly worn at a funeral; Mourn′ing-coach, a closed carriage for carrying mourners to a funeral; Mourn′ing-dove, the common American turtle-dove.—adv. Mourn′ingly.—ns. Mourn′ing-piece, a picture intended to be a memorial of the dead; Mourn′ing-ring, a ring worn in memorial of a dead person; Mourn′ing-stuff, a lustreless black dress fabric, as crape, cashmere, &c., for making mourning clothes. [A.S. murnan, meornan; Old High Ger. mornēn, to grieve.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mourn in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mourn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of mourn in a Sentence

  1. Lucy Somers:

    We ask that all of Luke's family members be allowed to mourn in peace.

  2. Malala Yousafzai:

    I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters -- but we will never be defeated.

  3. Grace Huang:

    Everything has revolved around her case and our situation, we haven't had a chance to really say goodbye and mourn. We just really want to be able to honor her place in our lives with our friends and family and that hasn't happened yet.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.

  5. Claudia Cuellar:

    There will be time to mourn when he dies, until that day, I will love and cherish and celebrate him and try to make each day as loving and happy and comfortable as possible for him.

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