Definition of requiem
1 : a mass for the dead
2a : a solemn chant (such as a dirge) for the repose of the deadb : something that resembles such a solemn chant
3a : a musical setting of the mass for the deadb : a musical composition in honor of the dead
Examples of requiem in a Sentence
the choir will sing Mozart's Requiem
Recent Examples of requiem from the Web
From my point of view, this work is nothing more than the quintessence of the world’s grief, the composer’s requiem for himself.
The center opened in 1971 with a requiem Mass in Kennedy’s honor, composed by Leonard Bernstein.
The requiem was completed in December 1961, just after the Berlin Wall was built in August 1961, in the midst of the Cold War.
Shaw, who founded the Atlanta Symphony’s volunteer chorus in 1970, would have been proud of the remarkable contribution the choristers made to the Brahms requiem performance.
Throughout its eight minutes, the track provides about as much sadness and beauty as a listener can handle—and, yes, a fitting requiem to the storm.
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REQUIEM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of requiem for English Language Learners
: a Christian religious ceremony for a dead person
: a piece of music for a requiem
REQUIEM Defined for Kids
Definition of requiem for Students
1 : a mass for a dead person
2 : a musical service or hymn in honor of dead people
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