Meaning of morna in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɔːnə/


  • In the Cape Verde Islands: a song of lament.


1930s; earliest use found in The Times Literary Supplement. Origin unknown. It has been variously suggested that the word might be a loan from English mourner, French morne sad, or Portuguese morna, feminine of morno lukewarm: compare discussion in A. Lyall Black & White make Brown viii. 102–3.