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mourner

[mawr-ner, mohr-] /ˈmɔr nər, ˈmoʊr-/
noun
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.
Origin of mourner
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see mourn, -er1
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  • Behind the coach, the mourner, for whom the coach was intended, walking in the dust.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • No doubt he made his living as mourner at funerals to which no other mourners came.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • This was followed by another, "Wouldn't it be strange if I went to the mourner's bench to-night?"

    What and Where is God? Richard La Rue Swain
  • The name is from the Egyptian, as applied to a mourner or a singer at a funeral.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • But he was not very well just then, and looked the part of mourner and penitent to admiration—being seedy and sick.

  • Even if he knew him well, his face changed when he saw a mourner.

  • What comfort, said the mourner, can truth and reason afford me?

  • Tell me, son, on which day do you recite the mourner's prayer for me?

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
British Dictionary definitions for mourner

mourner

/ˈmɔːnə/
noun
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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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