- a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.
- a poem written in elegiac meter.
- a sad or mournful musical composition.
Origin of elegy
Examples from the Web for elegy
I hope this is not an elegy in the sense that what it represents is not lost but it could become an elegy.Legendary Documentarian Frederick Wiseman Shows Us How Berkeley Works
November 10, 2013
White Nights By Fyodor Dostoyevsky White Nights is also an elegy to a love that never was.Book Bag: André Aciman’s Favorite Novellas of Unconsummated Loves
January 1, 2013
A Colonel Pickering died of it, on whom the chaplain wrote an elegy.Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts
This scene closes with an elegy foreboding the coming tragedy.The Standard Oratorios
George P. Upton
That is Gray's "Elegy in a Churchyard" turned to resurrection spectacle.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
A few days after, Keimer sent for me to print off the Elegy.Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
We were in no danger of confusing it with the 'Elegy in a Country Churchyard.'What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
- a mournful or plaintive poem or song, esp a lament for the dead
- poetry or a poem written in elegiac couplets or stanzas
Word Origin and History for elegy
1510s, from Middle French elegie, from Latin elegia, from Greek elegeia ode "an elegaic song," from elegeia, fem. of elegeios "elegaic," from elegos "poem or song of lament," perhaps from a Phrygian word.