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a mourning garb less somber than deep mourning, usually following a period of deep mourning.
the period during which it is worn.
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Origin of half mourning
First recorded in 1810–20
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How to use half mourning in a sentence
There I sat down, finding a sad significance in the delicate suggestion of half mourning.In a German Pension|Katherine Mansfield
She was dressed in black, a sort of half mourning, I judged.The Memoirs of an American Citizen|Robert Herrick
In France, a widow wears deep mourning for her husband during a year, and half mourning during another year.Her Royal Highness Woman|Max O'Rell
He dresses in half-mourning always, and never wears any jewelry, but strictly shuns all society, and prefers uncivilized regions.Erema|R. D. Blackmore
Mr. Carlyle came down next; and then Lady Isabel entered, in an elegant half-mourning dress, with flowing black ribbons.East Lynne|Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for half mourning
dark grey clothes worn by some during a period after full formal mourning
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