[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh m]

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/.

Related formsep·i·tha·lam·ic [ep-uh-thuh-lam-ik] /ˌɛp ə θəˈlæm ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of epithalamium

  • He is buried in the garden, and I want you to write an epithalamium about him.

    Ruth Hall

    Fanny Fern

  • The usual thing, I suppose—a panegyric on the bride, or an epithalamium?

  • But all these imitations of the Epithalamium stanza are shorter than their model.

  • The second is an Epithalamium composed for a drama which his friend Williams was writing.


    John Addington Symonds

  • The dear mater is improvising an epithalamium, said Arthur, with a laugh.

    The Confounding of Camelia

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

British Dictionary definitions for epithalamium



noun plural -mia (-mɪə)

a poem or song written to celebrate a marriage; nuptial ode
Derived Formsepithalamic (ˌɛpɪθəˈlæmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for epithalamium

C17: from Latin, from Greek epithalamion marriage song, from thalamos bridal chamber
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Word Origin and History for epithalamium

1590s, "bridal song," from Latin epithalamium, from Greek epithalamion "a bridal song," from epi "at, upon" (see epi-) + thalamos "bridal chamber, inner chamber."

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