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mourning band

noun
1.
a piece of black cloth that is worn, especially as a band encircling the upper arm, to indicate mourning.
Origin of mourning band
1610-1620
1610-20
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Examples from the Web for mourning band
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  • On their escutcheon it put a mourning band but not a blackening blot.

  • A man with a mourning band on his sleeve carried a wailing child.

    The Amazing Interlude Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He held up his hat with the mourning band upon it, and looked as if he might have wept.

    At His Gates, Vol. 1(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • The mourning band sewed upon the coat sleeve is a discredited form of mourning.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • You've sealed her doom, in tackling me, and you may as well put a mourning band around your hat.

    Fritz to the Front Edward L. Wheeler
  • I had the mourning band taken from my silk hat, while I have worn my frock coat so little that it looked very nicely.

    A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick
British Dictionary definitions for mourning band

mourning band

noun
1.
a piece of black material, esp an armband, worn to indicate that the wearer is in mourning
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