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[mawr-ner, mohr-] /ˈmɔr nər, ˈmoʊr-/
a person who mourns.
a person who attends a funeral to mourn for the deceased.
(at religious revival meetings) a person who professes penitence for sin, with desire for salvation.
1350-1400; Middle English; see mourn, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for mourners
  • Many mourners ponder, even if only abstractedly, their reason for living.
  • Many a night one could observe a procession of torches carried by mourners as they proceeded up the mountain to bury their dead.
  • On a hillside a half-mile away, saddened mourners and stunned citizens have gathered daily for three months.
  • Our boat was packed with mourners, and the setting sun turned the water deep red.
  • Soon the pot was making its way around the room, mourners slurping it down by the cupful.
  • mourners seized the microphone away from him, and police were forced to escort the pastor from the ceremony.
  • At its funeral, wild-eyed mourners spy signs of life.
  • mourners wearing leaf-garlands kept the coffin company.
  • mourners gathered under the watchful eye of thousands of policemen.
  • Over the heads of countless mourners, the distant city skyline shimmered and beckoned mysteriously, its sparkle betraying sadness.
British Dictionary definitions for mourners


a person who mourns, esp at a funeral
(at US revivalist meetings) a person who repents publicly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mourners



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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