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  • morne (14th - 15th centuries)


From Middle English mornen, mournen, from Old English murnan, from Proto-Germanic *murnaną. Cognate with French morne (gloomy).



mourn (third-person singular simple present mourns, present participle mourning, simple past and past participle mourned)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To express sadness or sorrow for; to grieve over (especially a death).
    • Bible, Genesis xxiii. 2
      Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
    • Shakespeare
      We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood?
  2. (transitive) To utter in a sorrowful manner.
  3. (intransitive) To wear mourning.

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mourn (countable and uncountable, plural mourns)

  1. (now literary) Sorrow, grief.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter vij, in Le Morte Darthur, book II:
      Anone after ther cam balen / and whan he sawe kynge Arthur / he alyght of his hors / and cam to the kynge on foote / and salewed hym / by my hede saide Arthur ye be welcome / Sire ryght now cam rydynge this way a knyght makynge grete moorne / for what cause I can not telle
  2. A ring fitted upon the head of a lance to prevent wounding an adversary in tilting.

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