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mourning band

a piece of black cloth that is worn, especially as a band encircling the upper arm, to indicate mourning.
Origin of mourning band
1610-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Near-sighted, he wore customarily a horn-rimmed pince-nez from which a wide black ribbon dangled like a mourning-band.

    Joan Thursday Louis Joseph Vance
  • Even the mourning-band about his left arm, instead of adding a somber touch, afforded an effective bit of contrast.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for mourning-band

mourning band

a piece of black material, esp an armband, worn to indicate that the wearer is in mourning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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