requiem

noun re·qui·em \ ˈre-kwē-əm also ˈrā- or ˈrē- \

Definition of requiem

1 : a mass for the dead
2 a : a solemn chant (such as a dirge) for the repose of the dead
b : something that resembles such a solemn chant
3 a : a musical setting of the mass for the dead
b : a musical composition in honor of the dead

Examples of requiem in a Sentence

  1. the choir will sing Mozart's Requiem

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Origin and Etymology of requiem

Middle English, from Latin (first word of the introit of the requiem mass), accusative of requies rest, from re- + quies quiet, rest — more at while

requiem Synonyms

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

REQUIEM Defined for English Language Learners

requiem

noun

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

requiem

noun re·qui·em \ ˈre-kwē-əm \

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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