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[mawrn, mohrn] /mɔrn, moʊrn/
verb (used without object)
to feel or express sorrow or grief.
to grieve or lament for the dead.
to show the conventional or usual signs of sorrow over a person's death.
verb (used with object)
to feel or express sorrow or grief over (misfortune, loss, or anything regretted); deplore.
to grieve or lament over (the dead).
to utter in a sorrowful manner.
Origin of mourn
before 900; Middle English mo(u)rnen, Old English murnan; cognate with Old High German mornēn, Old Norse morna, Gothic maurnan
Related forms
overmourn, verb
unmourned, adjective
1. bewail, bemoan. See grieve.
1. laugh, rejoice. Unabridged
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  • She had rejoiced for his happy spirit, and now she mourned her own widowed lot.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • If she mourned for her son, who had been absent for two years, how would his mother mourn?

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • When she left him the widowed father of a little girl, he mourned sincerely for her.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The Bretons mourned and raged at the loss of their young duke.

  • His death was mourned by a large circle of friends who appreciated his worth.

British Dictionary definitions for mourned


to feel or express sadness for the death or loss of (someone or something)
(intransitive) to observe the customs of mourning, as by wearing black
(transitive) to grieve over (loss or misfortune)
Word Origin
Old English murnan; compare Old High German mornēn to be troubled, Gothic maurnan to grieve, Greek mermeros worried
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Word Origin and History for mourned



Old English murnan "to mourn, bemoan, long after," also "be anxious about, be careful" (class III strong verb; past tense mearn, past participle murnen), from Proto-Germanic *murnan "to remember sorrowfully" (cf. Old Saxon mornon, Old High German mornen, Gothic maurnan "to mourn," Old Norse morna "to pine away"), probably from PIE root *(s)mer- "to remember" (see memory); or, if the Old Norse sense is the base one, from *mer- "to die, wither." Related: Mourned; mourning.

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