[ ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-on, -uh n ]
/ ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ miˌɒn, -ən /

noun, plural ep·i·tha·la·mi·a [ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi ə/.

a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom.

Origin of epithalamion

1580–90; < Greek: nuptial, noun use of neuter of epithalámios nuptial. See epi-, thalamus

Definition for epithalamia (2 of 2)

[ ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh m ]
/ ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi əm /

noun, plural ep·i·tha·la·mi·ums, ep·i·tha·la·mi·a [ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi ə/.

OTHER WORDS FROM epithalamium

ep·i·tha·lam·ic [ep-uh-thuh-lam-ik] /ˌɛp ə θəˈlæm ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for epithalamia

  • Even some of the longer poems, such as the Janua or the Epithalamia, may have formed part of these collections.

  • Music was heard until a late hour, and epithalamia were again resumed with the morning light.

    Philothea|Lydia Maria Child

British Dictionary definitions for epithalamia



/ (ˌɛpɪθəˈleɪmɪəm) /

noun plural -mia (-mɪə)

a poem or song written to celebrate a marriage; nuptial ode

Derived forms of epithalamium

epithalamic (ˌɛpɪθəˈlæmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for epithalamium

C17: from Latin, from Greek epithalamion marriage song, from thalamos bridal chamber
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