An example of dirge is a poem read at someone's memorial service.
- a funeral hymn
- a slow, sad song, poem, or musical composition expressing grief or mourning; lament
Origin of dirgeMiddle English from Classical Latin dirige, imperative of dirigere, to direct, the first word of an antiphon (Psalm 5:8) in the Office for the Burial of the Dead
- Music a. A funeral hymn or lament.b. A slow, mournful musical composition.
- A mournful or elegiac poem or other literary work.
- Roman Catholic Church The Office of the Dead.
Origin of dirgeMiddle English an antiphon at Matins in the Office of the Dead from Medieval Latin dīrige Domine direct, O Lord (the opening words of the antiphon) imperative of dīrigere to direct ; see direct .
- A mournful poem or piece of music composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person.
From the beginning of an antiphon in the Latin requiem (Dirige, Domine, deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam)