[kawr-uh-nuhkh, kor-]


(in Scotland and Ireland) a song or lamentation for the dead; dirge.

Origin of coronach

1490–1500; < Scots Gaelic corranach, Irish coránach dirge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coronach

Historical Examples of coronach

  • "In the grasses and the bracken," said Gilian, singing it to himself as if it were a coronach.

  • In every house there would be a crying of the death wail—the coronach of sorrow.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • After every fight will not some mother be crooning the coronach for her dear son?

    A Daughter of Raasay

    William MacLeod Raine

  • And now comes the ghostly music of the coronach: they are burying the dead.

  • But when they fell there was none to sing their coronach or wail the death-wail over them.

    Lay Morals

    Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for coronach



Scot and or Irish a dirge or lamentation for the dead

Word Origin for coronach

C16: from Scottish Gaelic corranach; related to Irish rānadh a crying
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