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.
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛlɪdʒi/
- Hyphenation: el‧e‧gy
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elegy (plural elegies)
- requiem – a piece of music played at a mass for the dead
- eulogy – similar sounding funeral word