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[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh m] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi əm/
noun, plural epithalamiums, epithalamia
[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi ə/ (Show IPA)
Related forms
[ep-uh-thuh-lam-ik] /ˌɛp ə θəˈlæm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • He is buried in the garden, and I want you to write an epithalamium about him.

    Ruth Hall Fanny Fern
  • The usual thing, I suppose—a panegyric on the bride, or an epithalamium?

  • But all these imitations of the epithalamium stanza are shorter than their model.

  • The second is an epithalamium composed for a drama which his friend Williams was writing.

    Shelley John Addington Symonds
  • The dear mater is improvising an epithalamium, said Arthur, with a laugh.

    The Confounding of Camelia Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The comedy winds up with the epithalamium in honour of the nuptials.

    The Birds Aristophanes
  • If your Majesty would only condescend to turn the epigram into an epithalamium?

    The Ball at Sceaux Honore de Balzac
  • See the epithalamium on her marriage with Zappi, prefixed to their works.

  • Of course, the "epithalamium" she was going to sing was as florid as it could be.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • And no more circles for me, my dear; and here I conclude, and my next shall be the epithalamium.

    The Ladies E. Barrington
British Dictionary definitions for epithalamium


noun (pl) -mia (-mɪə)
a poem or song written to celebrate a marriage; nuptial ode
Derived Forms
epithalamic (ˌɛpɪθəˈlæmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek epithalamion marriage song, from thalamos bridal chamber
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Word Origin and History for epithalamium

1590s, "bridal song," from Latin epithalamium, from Greek epithalamion "a bridal song," from epi "at, upon" (see epi-) + thalamos "bridal chamber, inner chamber."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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