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half mourning

a mourning garb less somber than deep mourning, usually following a period of deep mourning.
the period during which it is worn.
Origin of half mourning
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And surely grey is what is known as 'half-mourning' too, is it not?

  • They wore thick veils, and Hilda was dressed in a kind of half-mourning.

  • Irene certainly was peerless in her half-mourning, with her statuesque figure.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • The clerk is a matron, and the proprietress a widow in half-mourning.

    The Whole Family William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton
  • During the shortest period black should be worn for two months, half-mourning for two months.

  • And remembering the reference to half-mourning, wondered whether it was expressed in the hound.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • Its half-mourning still betokened that she had lost one who was very dear to her, but the black and white was a mockery.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • “Very nice of Miss Hutchins to go into half-mourning, Parkinson,” he remarked as they went along.

    Max Carrados Ernest Bramah
  • During the longest period black for three weeks, half-mourning for three weeks.

  • Nephew or niece—full mourning, one week; half-mourning, one week: total, two weeks.

    A History of Mourning Richard Davey
British Dictionary definitions for half-mourning


dark grey clothes worn by some during a period after full formal mourning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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