dead march


noun

a piece of solemn music for a funeral procession, especially one played at a military funeral.

Origin of dead march

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for dead march

Historical Examples of dead march

  • It is like the dead-march of a gnat amid the trumpeting of elephants and the roaring of lions.

    Martin Eden

    Jack London

  • At last she seemed on the point of bursting into tears; and, suddenly changing the music, she began playing a dead-march.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald



British Dictionary definitions for dead march

dead march

noun

a piece of solemn funeral music played to accompany a procession, esp at military funerals
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