mourning

Part of speech: noun

The manifesting of grief, as in somber dress.

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Usage examples "mourning":

  1. That's the mourning they make. - "The Bride of Fort Edward", Delia Bacon.
  2. Letty, and the other servants, were at first much astonished by the new title given to Miss Annie, and the only way in which they could explain it was by supposing that Mr Null had gone off somewhere and died; and although they could not understand why Miss Annie should show so little grief in the matter, and why she had not put on mourning, they imagined that these were customs which she had learned in the North. - "The Late Mrs. Null", Frank Richard Stockton.
  3. Kindly assistance was at once given at the house of mourning. - "Customs and Fashions in Old New England", Alice Morse Earle.