• Who was chief mourner
    Who was chief mourner
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mourner a person who is feeling grief (as grieving over someone who has died)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mourner One who attends a funeral as a hired mourner. "Mourners were provided to attend the funeral."
    • Mourner One who mourns or is grieved at any misfortune, as the death of a friend. "His mourners were two hosts, his friends and foes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mourner One who mourns or laments.
    • n mourner One employed to attend funerals in a habit of mourning.
    • n mourner Anything associated with mourning.
    • n mourner In certain localities, at a funeral, one who is recognized as belonging to the circle of those most afflicted by the death and has a special place accordingly.
    • n mourner One who has the mourning of the chine.
    • n mourner A penitent, especially one who makes public announcement of a desire for salvation: used in Methodist churches.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mourner one who mourns, one who attends a funeral in mourning-dress, esp. one of those related to the deceased
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  • Bible
    “And desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets. [Ecclesiastes 12:5]”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The chief mourner does not always attend the funeral.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “For his mourners will be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.”
  • Olin Miller
    Olin Miller
    “Inheritance taxes are so high that the happiest mourner at a rich man's funeral is usually Uncle Sam.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. murnan, meornan; Old High Ger. mornēn, to grieve.


In literature:

The very sorrows of her domestic life have knit her in fellowship with other mourners.
"Great Britain and Her Queen" by Anne E. Keeling
Only a few mourners, but a great array of carriages.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
He laughed, he mimicked the priest, kicked at the mourners, and once tried to grab the tactics.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
You should be there to receive them and to officiate as head mourner.
"Coralie" by Charlotte M. Braeme
Christ stopped every funeral that came his way and sent the mourners home singing.
"Supreme Personality" by Delmer Eugene Croft
It lights the mourners on their pathway to the tomb.
"The California Birthday Book" by Various
For many years I was snowed under by those mourners' letters.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. VI., No. 6, May, 1896" by Various
Alabaster was sculptured into tombs surmounted with a recumbent effigy of the deceased, and effigies of mourners on the sides.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
He reminds one of the hired mourner at the Hebrew funeral.
"Our Stage and Its Critics" by "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
Was it contrary to the will of the Almighty that the mourner should taste this consolation?
"International Weekly Miscellany, Vol. I, No. 6" by Various

In poetry:

And O, where'er the wand'rer goes,
Is that poor mourner dear,
Who gives, while soft the EVAN flows,
Each passing wave a tear?
"The Scotch Ballad" by Helen Maria Williams
He the broken spirit cheers:
Turns to joy the mourner’s tears;
Such the wonders of His ways;
Praise His Name, forever praise!
"Hallelujah! raise, O raise" by Josiah Conder
Mourners, dry your tears of sorrow--
Read the golden promise o'er;
There will dawn a cheerful morrow
When we meet to part no more.
"On The Death Of Mrs. Jessie Willis." by George Pope Morris
Winds! you're sighing,
And you're crying,
Like a mourner o'er a tomb;
Whither go ye,
Whither blow ye,
Wailing through the midnight gloom?
"At Night" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Alas! the cheek where beauty glow'd,
The heart where goodness overflow'd,
A clod amid the valley lies,
And 'Dust to dust,' the mourner cries.
"Ode - On the Death of a Young Lady" by John Logan
And many a mourner o'er thy bed,
In pale, and speechless anguish hung;
And burning tears above thee shed,
From agony's deep source were wrung.
"On the Death of Major Whitefoord, December 15th 1825" by Eliza Acton

In news:

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to mourners of victims in Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc.
Enlarge Yfat Yossifor Two mourners embrace during candlelight vigil in memory of Rebekah Gay at Bullock Creek High School in Midland Township Friday, Nov 2, 2012.
Judging by the number of mourners, Kevin Ridge's first funeral has his second one beat.
Slain Border Agent 'lived a life of quiet dignity ' Mourners Told.
Mourners hold vigil to remember victim of domestic violence .
Were surrounded by other mourners Tuesday night at a vigil outside the Forest Hill church where Kirk was killed Monday.
Mourners gather for paramedic's funeral.
Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was remembered as a vibrant force for good in Durham, in the state and beyond at a funeral attended by about 1,800 mourners Monday at Duke Chapel.
From across Michigan and the country, about 150 mourners converged Thursday night on a hillside - 9:37 pm.
Former US Sen George McGovern was remembered by hundreds of mourners during the two-hour ceremony in South Dakota.
Palestinian mourners pray around the body of Mohammed Ashour, 10, killed the previous day in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, during his funeral, Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012.
Mourners recount 88 years of Darrell Royal's lasting legacy.
AUSTIN — One of the dangers of a long, full life is that you could outlive all your mourners, people who knew you, knew where you came from, knew what made you who you were through trials and triumphs both public and private.
Mourners pack a Catholic church in Newtown, Conn. To grieve for 20 children and 6 adults shot dead at an elementary school.
0 Mourners gather inside St Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn.