dead march

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  1. 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

Words Nearby dead march Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dead march in a sentence

  • Bid your band silence that dead march, or, by my word, they shall have sufficient cause for their lugubrious strains.

    Twice Told Tales | Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 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
  • It is like the dead-march of a gnat amid the trumpeting of elephants and the roaring of lions.

    Martin Eden | Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for dead march

dead march

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

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