epithalamium


ep·i·tha·la·mi·um

noun \ˌe-pə-thə-ˈlā-mē-əm\
plural ep·i·tha·la·mi·ums or ep·i·tha·la·mia\-mē-ə\

Definition of EPITHALAMIUM

:  a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom
ep·i·tha·lam·ic \-ˈla-mik\ adjective

Variants of EPITHALAMIUM

ep·i·tha·la·mi·um or ep·i·tha·la·mi·on \-mē-ən\

Origin of EPITHALAMIUM

Latin & Greek; Latin epithalamium, from Greek epithalamion, from epi- + thalamos room, bridal chamber; perhaps akin to Greek tholos rotunda
First Known Use: 1588

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

epithalamium

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Nuptial song or poem in honour or praise of a bride and bridegroom. In ancient Greece such songs were a traditional way of invoking good fortune on a marriage and often of indulging in ribaldry. The earliest evidence for literary epithalamiums are fragments by Sappho; the oldest surviving Latin examples are three by Catullus. In the Renaissance, epithalamiums based on classical models were written in Italy, France, and England; that of Edmund Spenser (1595) is considered the finest in English.

Variants of EPITHALAMIUM

epithalamium or epithalamion

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