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prothalamion

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

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

    Spenser

    R. W. Church

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

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    R. W. Church

  • Among the minor poems of Spenser the most delightful were his Prothalamion and Epithalamion.


British Dictionary definitions for prothalamion

prothalamion

prothalamium

noun plural -mia (-mɪə)
  1. a song or poem in celebration of a marriage
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Word Origin

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 prothalamion

n.

"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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