noun, plural el·e·gies.
Origin of elegy
Examples from the Web for elegy
I hope this is not an elegy in the sense that what it represents is not lost but it could become an elegy.Legendary Documentarian Frederick Wiseman Shows Us How Berkeley Works|Nico Hines|November 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We must feel that the elegy is lifted to a higher plane by the new turn that the thought of its author takes at this place.Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon|Walter Adeney
The song passed gradually into an elegy, plaintive and full of pain.Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz
The first elegy of great importance (43-69) describes the state of Megara when under the control of a democracy.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)|John Addington Symonds
It is sometimes not easy to distinguish the epistle from the elegy and from the dedication.
So there being no copy, but one pair of cases, and the Elegy likely to require all the letters, no one could help him.Children's Literature|Charles Madison Curry
British Dictionary definitions for elegy
noun plural -gies
Word Origin for elegy
Word Origin and History for elegy
1510s, from Middle French elegie, from Latin elegia, from Greek elegeia ode "an elegaic song," from elegeia, fem. of elegeios "elegaic," from elegos "poem or song of lament," perhaps from a Phrygian word.