noun \ˈthre-nə-dē\

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

plural thren·o·dies

Full Definition of THRENODY

:  a song of lamentation for the dead :  elegy

Examples of THRENODY

  1. <the composer's cello concerto was composed as a moving threnody for his late wife>

Origin of THRENODY

Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos dirge + aeidein to sing — more at drone, ode
First Known Use: 1634

Related to THRENODY

Other Music Terms

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


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