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elegy

[el-i-jee] /ˈɛl ɪ dʒi/
noun, plural elegies.
1.
a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.
2.
a poem written in elegiac meter.
3.
a sad or mournful musical composition.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; (< Middle French) < Latin elegīa < Greek elegeía, orig. neuter plural of elegeîos elegiac, equivalent to éleg(os) a lament + -eios adj. suffix
Can be confused
elegy, eulogy.
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British Dictionary definitions for elegies

elegy

/ˈɛlɪdʒɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
a mournful or plaintive poem or song, esp a lament for the dead
2.
poetry or a poem written in elegiac couplets or stanzas
Word Origin
C16: via French and Latin from Greek elegeia, from elegos lament sung to flute accompaniment
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Word Origin and History for elegies

elegy

n.

1510s, from Middle French elegie, from Latin elegia, from Greek elegeia ode "an elegaic song," from elegeia, fem. of elegeios "elegaic," from elegos "poem or song of lament," perhaps from a Phrygian word.

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elegies in Culture
elegy [(el-uh-jee)]

A form of poetry that mourns the loss of someone who has died or something that has deteriorated. A notable example is the “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray. (Compare eulogy.)

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