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  1. (lowercase) an Anacreontic poem.

Origin of Anacreontic

1650–60; < Latin Anacreōnticus, equivalent to Anacreōnt- (< Greek Anakreōnt-, stem of Anakréōn) Anacreon + -icus -ic
Related formsA·nac·re·on·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. in the manner of the Greek lyric poet Anacreon (?572–?488 bc), noted for his short songs celebrating love and wine
  2. (of verse) in praise of love or wine; amatory or convivial
  1. an Anacreontic poem
Derived FormsAnacreontically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anacreontic



of or in the manner of Anacreon, "convivial bard of Greece" (literally "Up-lord"), the celebrated Greek lyrical poet (560-478 B.C.E.), born at Teos in Ionia. Also in reference to his lyric form (1706) of a four-line stanza, rhymed alternately, each line with four beats (three trochees and a long syllable), also "convivial and amatory" (1801); and "an erotic poem celebrating love and wine" (1650s).

Francis Scott Key in 1814 set or wrote his poem "The Star-Spangled Banner" to the melody of "To Anacreon in Heav'n," the drinking song of the popular London gentleman's club called The Anacreontic Society, whose membership was dedicated to "wit, harmony, and the god of wine." The tune is late 18c. and may be the work of society member and court musician John Stafford Smith (1750-1836).

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