Definition of condolence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈdəʊləns//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdoʊləns//
[countable, usually plural, uncountable]
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sympathy that you feel for somebody when a person in their family or that they know well has died; an expression of this sympathy to give/offer/express your condolences Our condolences go to his wife and family. a letter of condolence Word Originearly 17th cent.: from condole from Christian Latin condolere, from con- ‘with’ + dolere ‘grieve, suffer’, influenced by French condoléance.
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