epithalamium

noun
ep·​i·​tha·​la·​mi·​um | \ ˌe-pə-thə-ˈlā-mē-əm How to pronounce epithalamium (audio) \
variants: or epithalamion \ ˌe-​pə-​thə-​ˈlā-​mē-​ən How to pronounce epithalamium (audio) \
plural epithalamiums or epithalamia\ ˌe-​pə-​thə-​ˈlā-​mē-​ə How to pronounce epithalamium (audio) \

Definition of epithalamium

: a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom

Other Words from epithalamium

epithalamic \ ˌe-​pə-​thə-​ˈla-​mik How to pronounce epithalamium (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of epithalamium

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epithalamium

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

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“Epithalamium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epithalamium. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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