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requiem

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noun re·qui·em \ˈre-kwē-əm also ˈrā- or ˈrē-\

Simple Definition of requiem

  • : a Christian religious ceremony for a dead person

  • : a piece of music for a requiem

Full Definition of requiem

  1. 1 :  a mass for the dead

  2. 2 a :  a solemn chant (as a dirge) for the repose of the dead b :  something that resembles such a solemn chant

  3. 3 a :  a musical setting of the mass for the dead b :  a musical composition in honor of the dead

Examples of requiem

  1. <the choir will sing Mozart's Requiem>



Origin of requiem

Middle English, from Latin (first word of the introit of the requiem mass), accusative of requies rest, from re- + quies quiet, rest — more at while


First Known Use: 14th century


REQUIEM Defined for Kids

requiem

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noun re·qui·em \ˈre-kwē-əm\

Definition of requiem

  1. 1 :  a mass for a dead person

  2. 2 :  a musical service or hymn in honor of dead people





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