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[mawr-ner, mohr-] /ˈmɔr nər, ˈmoʊr-/
a person who mourns.
a person who attends a funeral to mourn for the deceased.
(at religious revival meetings) a person who professes penitence for sin, with desire for salvation.
Origin of mourner
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at mourn, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Behind the coach, the mourner, for whom the coach was intended, walking in the dust.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Even if he knew him well, his face changed when he saw a mourner.

  • This was followed by another, "Wouldn't it be strange if I went to the mourner's bench to-night?"

    What and Where is God? Richard La Rue Swain
  • Tell me, son, on which day do you recite the mourner's prayer for me?

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • But he was not very well just then, and looked the part of mourner and penitent to admiration—being seedy and sick.

  • I wanted to tell him the day on which I must say the mourner's prayer for him, but I had forgotten it.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • What comfort, said the mourner, can truth and reason afford me?

  • Little Christie was the only mourner who followed old Treffy to the grave.

    Christie's Old Organ Mrs. O. F. Walton
British Dictionary definitions for mourner


a person who mourns, esp at a funeral
(at US revivalist meetings) a person who repents publicly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mourner

late 14c., agent noun from mourn (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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