mourn
Pronunciation
  • (America) enPR: môrn, IPA: /mɔɹn/; (rare) enPR: mo͝orn, IPA: /mʊɹn/
  • (RP) enPR: môn, IPA: /mɔːn/; (rare) enPR: mo͝orn, IPA: /mʊən/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) enPR: mōrn, IPA: /mo(ː)ɹn/; (rare) enPR: mo͝orn, IPA: /mʊɹn/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /moən/; (rare) enPR: mo͝orn, IPA: /mʊən/
Verb

mourn (mourns, present participle mourning; past mourned, past participle mourned)

  1. (ambitransitive) To express sadness or sorrow for; to grieve over (especially a death).
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 23:2 ↗:
      Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
      1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood?
  2. (transitive) To utter in a sorrowful manner.
  3. (intransitive) To wear mourning.
Translations Noun

mourn

  1. (now literary) Sorrow, grief.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:4.12?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter vij], in Le Morte Darthur, book II:
      Anone after ther cam balen / and whan he sawe kynge Arthur / he alyght of his hors / and cam to the kynge on foote / and salewed hym / by my hede saide Arthur ye be welcome / Sire ryght now cam rydynge this way a knyght makynge grete moorne / for what cause I can not telle
  2. A ring fitted upon the head of a lance to prevent wounding an adversary in tilting.



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