mourned for, as a person who is dead: Our late lamented friend.

Nearby words

  1. lameness,
  2. lament,
  3. lamentable,
  4. lamentation,
  5. lamentations,
  6. lamentedly,
  7. lamerie,
  8. lames,
  9. lamesa,
  10. lamestream

Origin of lamented

First recorded in 1605–15; lament + -ed2

Related formsla·ment·ed·ly, adverbqua·si-la·ment·ed, adjectiveun·la·ment·ed, adjective



verb (used with object)

to feel or express sorrow or regret for: to lament his absence.
to mourn for or over.

verb (used without object)

to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow, or regret.
to mourn deeply.


an expression of grief or sorrow.
a formal expression of sorrow or mourning, especially in verse or song; an elegy or dirge.

Origin of lament

1520–30; (noun) < Latin lāmentum plaint; (v.) < Latin lāmentārī, derivative of lāmentum

Related formsla·ment·er, nounla·ment·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lamented

British Dictionary definitions for lamented



grieved for or regretted (often in the phrase late lamented)our late lamented employer
Derived Formslamentedly, adverb



to feel or express sorrow, remorse, or regret (for or over)


an expression of sorrow
a poem or song in which a death is lamented
Derived Formslamenter, nounlamentingly, adverb

Word Origin for lament

C16: from Latin lāmentum

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Word Origin and History for lamented
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