prothalamion [proh-th uh- ley-mee-on, - uh n] Examples Word Origin noun, plural pro·tha·la·mi·a . [proh-th uh- ley-mee- uh] /ˌproʊ θəˈleɪ mi ə/ a song or poem written to celebrate a marriage.
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Prothalamion contains a final record of his disappointments in England.
It is a bridal ode (
Prothalamion), to celebrate the marriage of two daughters of the Earl of Worcester, written late in 1596.
Among the minor poems of Spenser the most delightful were his
Prothalamion and Epithalamion. British Dictionary definitions for prothalamion 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 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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