[proh-thuh-ley-mee-on, -uh n]

noun, plural pro·tha·la·mi·a [proh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌproʊ θəˈleɪ mi ə/.

a song or poem written to celebrate a marriage.

Origin of prothalamion

1597; pro-2 + (epi)thalamion; coined by Edmund Spenser


[proh-thuh-ley-mee-uh m]

noun, plural pro·tha·la·mi·a [proh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌproʊ θəˈleɪ mi ə/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for prothalamia



noun plural -mia (-mɪə)

a song or poem in celebration of a marriage

Word Origin for prothalamion

C16: from Greek pro- before + thalamos marriage; coined by Edmund Spenser, on the model of epithalamion
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Word Origin and History for prothalamia



"song sung before a wedding," 1590s, coined as a poem title by Edmund Spenser (based on epithalamion) from Greek pro- "before" (see pro-) + thalamos "bridal chamber" (see thalamus). Sometimes Latinized as prothalamium.

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