noun el·e·gy \ˈe-lə-jē\

: a sad poem or song : a poem or song that expresses sorrow for someone who is dead

plural el·e·gies

Full Definition of ELEGY

:  a poem in elegiac couplets
a :  a song or poem expressing sorrow or lamentation especially for one who is dead
b :  something (as a speech) resembling such a song or poem
a :  a pensive or reflective poem that is usually nostalgic or melancholy
b :  a short pensive musical composition

Examples of ELEGY

  1. <O Captain! My Captain! is Walt Whitman's elegy on the death of President Lincoln>

Origin of ELEGY

Latin elegia poem in elegiac couplets, from Greek elegeia, elegeion, from elegos song of mourning
First Known Use: 1501

Related to ELEGY

Other Music Terms

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


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