- The definition of a dirge is a sad song or poem expressing grief.
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)