American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A poem composed in elegiac couplets.
- n. A poem or song composed especially as a lament for a deceased person.
- n. Something resembling such a poem or song.
- n. Music A composition that is melancholy or pensive in tone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical poetry, a poem written in elegiac verse.
- n. A mournful or plaintive poem; a poem or song expressive of sorrow and lamentation; a dirge; a funeral song.
- n. Any serious poem pervaded by a tone of melancholy, whether grief is actually expressed or not: as, Gray's “Elegy in a Country Churchyard.”
- n. In music, a sad or funeral composition, vocal or instrumental, whether actually commemorative or not; a dirge. Synonyms Dirge, Requiem, etc. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mournful or plaintive poem; a funereal song; a poem of lamentation.
- n. a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
- 1514, from Middle French elegie, from Latin elegia, from Ancient Greek ἐλεγεία ᾠδή ("an elegaic song"), from ἐλεγεία, feminine of ἐλεγεῖος ("elegaic"), from ἔλεγος ("poem or song of lament"), perhaps from Phrygian. (Wiktionary)
- French élégie, from Latin elegīa, from Greek elegeia, from pl. of elegeion, elegiac distich, from elegos, song, mournful song. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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