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[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-on, -uh n] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ miˌɒn, -ən/
noun, plural epithalamia
[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi ə/ (Show IPA)
a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom.
Origin of epithalamion
1580-90; < Greek: nuptial, noun use of neuter of epithalámios nuptial. See epi-, thalamus


[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh m] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi əm/
noun, plural epithalamiums, epithalamia
[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi ə/ (Show IPA)
Related forms
[ep-uh-thuh-lam-ik] /ˌɛp ə θəˈlæm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Music was heard until a late hour, and epithalamia were again resumed with the morning light.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Even some of the longer poems, such as the Janua or the epithalamia, may have formed part of these collections.

British Dictionary definitions for epithalamia


noun (pl) -mia (-mɪə)
a poem or song written to celebrate a marriage; nuptial ode
Derived Forms
epithalamic (ˌɛpɪθəˈlæmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek epithalamion marriage song, from thalamos bridal chamber
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Word Origin and History for epithalamia



1590s, "bridal song," from Latin epithalamium, from Greek epithalamion "a bridal song," from epi "at, upon" (see epi-) + thalamos "bridal chamber, inner chamber."

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