noun Classical Mythology.

the Muse of tragedy.

Origin of Melpomene

< Latin Melpomenē < Greek Melpoménē special use of feminine of present participle of mélpesthai to sing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for melpomene

Historical Examples of melpomene

  • To the silent Melpomene, who can express all things with her looks!


    Anatole France

  • "Rodd, sir—of the Melpomene—and there's another inside—" I began.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • On the other hand, he could not divest himself of the idea that Melpomene was in love with him.

    Gryll Grange

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • To Thalia and Melpomene are given the realms of comic and tragic poetry.

  • It was a cheap shrine, but I tell you, now, Melpomene was right in it.

    Harvard Stories

    Waldron Kintzing Post

British Dictionary definitions for melpomene



Greek myth the Muse of tragedy
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Word Origin and History for melpomene


Muse of tragedy, from Latin, from Greek Melpomene, literally "songstress," from melpein "to sing," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper