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  • n. A song in celebration of a wedding; an epithalamium.

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  • n. A song or poem in honour of a bride and bridegroom about to be married

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A song in celebration of a marriage.

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  • n. a song in celebration of a marriage


pro-2 + Greek epithalamion, epithalamium; see epithalamium.
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  • Term coined by Edmund Spenser for the title of his poem celebrating the weddings of Katherine and Elizabeth Somerset in 1596. It is based upon epithalamion, this term meaning "before the bridal chamber".

    September 16, 2009