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prothalamion

[ proh-thuh-ley-mee-on, -uhn ]
/ ˌproʊ θəˈleɪ miˌɒn, -ən /
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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.

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Origin of prothalamion

1597; pro-2 + (epi)thalamion; coined by Edmund Spenser
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How to use prothalamion in a sentence

  • It is a bridal ode (Prothalamion), to celebrate the marriage of two daughters of the Earl of Worcester, written late in 1596.

    Spenser|R. W. Church
  • Among the minor poems of Spenser the most delightful were his Prothalamion and Epithalamion.

  • The Prothalamion contains a final record of his disappointments in England.

    Spenser|R. W. Church

British Dictionary definitions for prothalamion

prothalamion

prothalamium

/ (ˌprəʊθəˈleɪmɪən) /

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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