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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EL'EGY, n. [L. elegia; Gr. to speak or utter.; L. lugeo. The verbs may have a common origin, for to speak and to cry out in wailing are only modifications of the same act, to throw out the voice with more or less vehemence.]
1. A mournful or plaintive poem, or a funeral song; a poem or a song expressive of sorrow and lamentation.
2. A short poem without points or affected elegancies.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a mournful poem; a lament for the dead [syn: elegy, lament]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -gies) Etymology: Latin elegia poem in elegiac couplets, from Greek elegeia, elegeion, from elegos song of mourning Date: 1501 1. a poem in elegiac couplets 2. a. a song or poem expressing sorrow or lamentation especially for one who is dead b. something (as a speech) resembling such a song or poem 3. a. a pensive or reflective poem that is usually nostalgic or melancholy b. a short pensive musical composition

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 a song of lament, esp. for the dead (sometimes vaguely used of other poems). 2 a poem in elegiac metre. Etymology: F élégie or L elegia f. Gk elegeia f. elegos mournful poem

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Elegy El"e*gy, n.; pl. Elegies. [L. elegia, Gr. ?, fem. sing. (cf. ?, prop., neut. pl. of ? a distich in elegiac verse), fr. ? elegiac, fr. ? a song of mourning.] A mournful or plaintive poem; a funereal song; a poem of lamentation. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(elegies) An elegy is a sad poem, often about someone who has died. ...a touching elegy for a lost friend. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Dirge, lament, epicedium, mournful song, funeral song. 2. Serious, meditative, or melancholy poem.

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