Etymology
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mourning (n.)

"feeling or expression of sorrow, sadness, or grief," c. 1200, from Old English murnung "complaint, grief, act of lamenting," verbal noun from mourn (v.). Meaning "customary dress or garment worn by mourners" is from 1650s (mourning habit is from late 14c.). The North American mourning dove (1820) is so called for its call.

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Definitions of mourning
1
mourning (n.)
state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one;
Synonyms: bereavement
mourning (n.)
the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief;
Synonyms: lamentation
2
mourning (adj.)
sorrowful through loss or deprivation;
Synonyms: bereaved / bereft / grief-stricken / grieving / sorrowing
From wordnet.princeton.edu