Definition of mourning band in US English:

mourning band


  • A strip of black material that is worn around a person's sleeve as a mark of respect for someone who has recently died.

    • ‘However, other initiatives, such as the wearing of mourning bands and ribbons and the closing of shops on the day of the funeral as a mark of respect, suggest a return to some of the traditions that have died out.’
    • ‘The bearer party, in full ceremonial day dress and their commanding officer and warrant officer wearing black mourning bands, lifted her coffin.’
    • ‘More often than not, I see people wearing mourning bands emerging from restaurants beaming with satisfaction.’


mourning band

/ˈmôrniNG band/