mourning band



a piece of black cloth that is worn, especially as a band encircling the upper arm, to indicate mourning.

Origin of mourning band

First recorded in 1610–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mourning band

Historical Examples of mourning band

  • Even the mourning-band about his left arm, instead of adding a somber touch, afforded an effective bit of contrast.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • Near-sighted, he wore customarily a horn-rimmed pince-nez from which a wide black ribbon dangled like a mourning-band.

    Joan Thursday

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for mourning band

mourning band


a piece of black material, esp an armband, worn to indicate that the wearer is in mourning
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