- 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
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Examples from the Web for half-mourning
And surely grey is what is known as 'half-mourning' too, is it not?The Orchard of Tears
Irene certainly was peerless in her half-mourning, with her statuesque figure.Hope Mills
Amanda M. Douglas
They wore thick veils, and Hilda was dressed in a kind of half-mourning.The Ivory Gate, a new edition
Then Lois came into the room, hatted and gloved, in half-mourning.The Roll-Call
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
- dark grey clothes worn by some during a period after full formal mourning