- An expression of sorrow; alas.
- 1893: ‘Mavrone, mavrone! the man has died / While I slept in the chair’ — WB Yeats, ‘The Ballad of Father Gilligan’
- 1922: And we to be there, mavrone, and you to be unbeknownst sending us your conglomerations the way we to have our tongues out a yard long like the drouthy clerics do be fainting for a pussfull. — James Joyce, Ulysses