From Middle French elegie, from Latin elegīa, from Ancient Greek ἐλεγεία ᾠδή (elegeía ōidḗ, “an elegiac song”), from ἐλεγεία (elegeía), feminine of ἐλεγεῖος (elegeîos, “elegiac”), from ἔλεγος (élegos, “poem or song of lament”), perhaps from Phrygian.
- (General American, Received Pronunciation, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈɛlɪdʒi/
- Hyphenation: el‧e‧gy
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elegy (plural elegies)
- A mournful or plaintive poem; a funeral song; a poem of lamentation. [from early 16th c.]
- (music) A composition of mournful character.
- requiem – a piece of music played at a mass for the dead
- eulogy – similar sounding funeral word