Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A mass for a deceased person.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church A musical composition for such a mass.
  • n. A hymn, composition, or service for the dead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mass (especially Catholic) to honor and remember a dead person.
  • n. A musical composition for such a mass.
  • n. A piece of music composed to honor a dead person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mass said or sung for the repose of a departed soul.
  • n. Any grand musical composition, performed in honor of a deceased person.
  • n. Rest; quiet; peace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, the mass for the dead.
  • n. A musical setting of the mass for the dead.
  • n. Hence, in popular usage, a musical service or hymn for the dead. Compare the popular use of dirge.
  • n. Rest; quiet; peace.
  • n. Synonyms Dirge, Elegy, etc. See dirge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
  • n. a Mass celebrated for the dead
  • n. a musical setting for a Mass celebrating the dead

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin, accusative of requiēs, rest, the first word of the mass for the dead : re-, re- + quiēs, quiet; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The first word of the introit for the traditional requiem mass, an alternative accusative case of Latin requiēs ("rest, repose"), from re- ("again") + quiēs ("rest, quiet"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • KODAMA: I think Clint Eastwood produced this film as a-- what I called a requiem for the repose of souls of the war dead, including both the Japanese as well as U.S. soldiers who fought on the island of Iwo Jima.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2006

  • When any of these Masses are said in black vestments they are called Requiem Masses, because the priest offers them for the rest or happy repose of the soul of some dead person or persons, and the word requiem means rest.

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  • To take only two significant points: it sounds very sentimental to be told that the girl Ua, after Kaaialii had jumped into the vortex "wailed upon the winds a requiem of love and grief," but a native Hawaiian has no more notion of the word requiem than he has of a syllogism.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • For thee the requiem is sung with deepest pathos, its plaintive music rolling up from a thousand vocal temples from countless throbbing hearts.

    The Martyr to Liberty

  • Alan Greenspan, delivered in Congress what some called a requiem for decades 'worth of economic teaching.

    The Situationist

  • Tpoya's so called requiem's are usually not celebrated in even in purple they are in white, one is lucky if any prayers are made for the repose of the soul and instead we get a panagyeric on how good the deceased was: "never came to mass but love his garden" etc etc, all accompanied by a few modern hymns or even worse a tape of some popular song: My Way or the like.

    Irish cathedral to ban the use of secular songs in ceremonies

  • In the end, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" may be more accurately called a requiem for black New Orleans, with some whites thrown in for spice.

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  • He could only insist that the requiem should be the first occasion of the young ladies going out of the convent; but they had so many visitors there that they had not much cause for murmuring, and the French instructions of Sister Beata did not amount to much, even with Eleanor, while Jean loudly protested that she was not going to school.

    Two Penniless Princesses

  • And then we sang Tommy's favorite kind of requiem: --

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  • A Requiem or Requiem Mass, also known as Mass for the dead (Latin: Missa pro defunctis) or Mass of the dead (Latin: Missa defunctorum), is Mass celebrated for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons, using a particular formula of the Roman Missal. It is frequently, but not necessarily, celebrated in the context of a funeral.

    July 9, 2011

  • Could I write a requiem for you when you're dead?
    "She had the moves, she had the speed, it went to her head
    She never needed anyone to get her round the track
    But when she's on her back
    She had the knowledge
    To get her into college
    But when she's on her back
    She had the knowledge
    To get her what she wanted."


    (The stars of track and field, by Belle and Sebastian)

    August 24, 2008