[ luh-men-tid ]
/ ləˈmɛn tɪd /


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

Origin of lamented

First recorded in 1605–15; lament + -ed2

Related forms

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

Definition for lamented (2 of 2)


[ luh-ment ]
/ ləˈmɛnt /

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 forms

la·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 (1 of 2)


/ (ləˈmɛntɪd) /


grieved for or regretted (often in the phrase late lamented)our late lamented employer

Derived Forms

lamentedly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for lamented (2 of 2)


/ (ləˈmɛnt) /


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 Forms

lamenter, nounlamentingly, adverb

Word Origin for lament

C16: from Latin lāmentum
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