noun \ˈdərj\

: a slow song that expresses sadness or sorrow

Full Definition of DIRGE

:  a song or hymn of grief or lamentation; especially :  one intended to accompany funeral or memorial rites
:  a slow, solemn, and mournful piece of music
:  something (as a poem) that has the qualities of a dirge
dirge·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of DIRGE

  1. <bagpipes played a haunting dirge at the funeral for the fallen leader>

Origin of DIRGE

Middle English dirige, the Office of the Dead, from the first word of a Late Latin antiphon, from Latin, imperative of dirigere to direct — more at dress
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to DIRGE

lament, elegy, requiem, threnody

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


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