a funeral song or tune, or one expressing mourning in commemoration of the dead.
any composition resembling such a song or tune in character, as a poem of lament for the dead or solemn, mournful music:Tennyson's dirge for the Duke of Wellington.
a mournful sound resembling a dirge: The autumn wind sang the dirge of summer.
Ecclesiastical. the office of the dead, or the funeral service as sung.
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How to use dirge in a sentence
The victorious Republicans hardly knew whether to sing triumphant songs or funeral dirges.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
I seem now to hear the dirges played by the bands, and the volleys fired by the soldiers over the graves of their dead comrades.A Raw Recruit's War Experiences | Ansel D. Nickerson
It is no mournful solemnity, with dirges and elegies for one about to die; but a Feast—a strange way of celebrating a death.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew | John Monro Gibson
The musicians from the dance-halls turn out, play dirges, and with due pomp and ceremony the funeral is conducted.Seventy Years on the Frontier | Alexander Majors
Dirges were sung and the deceased was extolled, but when night came the lights were extinguished and the corpse was left alone.Auld Licht Idyls | J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for dirge
a chant of lamentation for the dead
the funeral service in its solemn or sung forms
any mourning song or melody
- dirgeful, adjective
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