elegy

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Etymology[edit]

1514, from Middle French elegie, from Latin elegia, from Ancient Greek ἐλεγεία ᾠδή (elegeia ōdē, an elegaic song), from ἐλεγεία (elegeia), feminine of ἐλεγεῖος (elegeios, elegaic), from ἔλεγος (elegos, poem or song of lament), perhaps from Phrygian.[1]

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Noun[edit]

elegy (plural elegies)

  1. A mournful or plaintive poem; a funeral song; a poem of lamentation.

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  • requiem – a piece of music played at a mass for the dead

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See also[edit]

  • eulogy – similar sounding funeral word

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References[edit]

  1. ^ elegy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).