ep·​i·​tha·​la·​mi·​um ˌe-pə-thə-ˈlā-mē-əm How to pronounce epithalamium (audio)
variants or epithalamion
plural epithalamiums or epithalamia ˌe-pə-thə-ˈlā-mē-ə How to pronounce epithalamium (audio)
: a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom
epithalamic adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of epithalamium was in 1588

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“Epithalamium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epithalamium. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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