[mawr-ner, mohr-]


a person who mourns.
a person who attends a funeral to mourn for the deceased.
(at religious revival meetings) a person who professes penitence for sin, with desire for salvation.

Origin of mourner

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mourn, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for mourner

pallbearer, wailer, griever, weeper, keener

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British Dictionary definitions for mourner



a person who mourns, esp at a funeral
(at US revivalist meetings) a person who repents publicly
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Word Origin and History for mourner

late 14c., agent noun from mourn (v.).

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