Definition of mourning house in English:

mourning house


  • 1A tomb, a mausoleum; a building in which human remains are stored, either for the purpose of ritual or interment.

  • 2A house occupied by people in mourning, or used for the purpose of mourning.

  • 3A shop selling mourning clothes, etc. Now historical.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in Reply Friar Daw Topias. From mourning + house [interjection].


mourning house

/ˈmɔːnɪŋ ˌhaʊs/