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[mawr-ner, mohr-]
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  1. a person who mourns.
  2. a person who attends a funeral to mourn for the deceased.
  3. (at religious revival meetings) a person who professes penitence for sin, with desire for salvation.
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Origin of mourner

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mourn, -er1
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  1. a person who mourns, esp at a funeral
  2. (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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