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mourning band

a piece of black cloth that is worn, especially as a band encircling the upper arm, to indicate mourning.
Origin of mourning band
First recorded in 1610-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mourning band
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  • On their escutcheon it put a mourning band but not a blackening blot.

  • A man with a mourning band on his sleeve carried a wailing child.

    The Amazing Interlude Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • You've sealed her doom, in tackling me, and you may as well put a mourning band around your hat.

    Fritz to the Front

    Edward L. Wheeler
  • The mourning band sewed upon the coat sleeve is a discredited form of mourning.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • I had the mourning band taken from my silk hat, while I have worn my frock coat so little that it looked very nicely.

    A Top-Floor Idyl

    George van Schaick
  • He held up his hat with the mourning band upon it, and looked as if he might have wept.

    At His Gates, Vol. 1(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for mourning band

mourning band

a piece of black material, esp an armband, worn to indicate that the wearer is in mourning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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