elegy

noun el·e·gy \ ˈe-lə-jē \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of elegy

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

Examples of elegy in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of elegy

Latin elegia poem in elegiac couplets, from Greek elegeia, elegeion, from elegos song of mourning

elegy Synonyms

Synonyms
dirge, lament, requiem, threnody
Related Words
taps; elegiac (also elegiacal), monody
Near Antonyms
encomium, eulogy, paean, panegyric

ELEGY Defined for English Language Learners

elegy

noun

Definition of elegy for English Language Learners

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



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