elegy

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Etymology[edit]

1514, from Middle French elegie, from Latin elegia, from Ancient Greek ἐλεγεία ᾠδή ‎(elegeía ōidḗ, an elegaic song), from ἐλεγεία ‎(elegeía), feminine of ἐλεγεῖος ‎(elegeîos, elegaic), from ἔλεγος ‎(élegos, 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).