elegy

[ el-i-jee ]
/ ˈɛl ɪ dʒi /

noun, plural el·e·gies.

a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.
a poem written in elegiac meter.
a sad or mournful musical composition.

Origin of elegy

1505–15; (< Middle French) < Latin elegīa < Greek elegeía, orig. neuter plural of elegeîos elegiac, equivalent to éleg(os) a lament + -eios adj. suffix

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH elegy

elegy eulogy
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British Dictionary definitions for elegy

elegy
/ (ˈɛlɪdʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

a mournful or plaintive poem or song, esp a lament for the dead
poetry or a poem written in elegiac couplets or stanzas

Word Origin for elegy

C16: via French and Latin from Greek elegeia, from elegos lament sung to flute accompaniment

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Avoid confusion with eulogy
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Culture definitions for elegy

elegy
[ (el-uh-jee) ]

A form of poetry that mourns the loss of someone who has died or something that has deteriorated. A notable example is the “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray. (Compare eulogy.)

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