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elegy

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noun el·e·gy \ˈe-lə-jē\

Simple Definition of elegy

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

Full Definition of elegy

plural el·e·gies

  1. 1 :  a poem in elegiac couplets

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 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



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