- The definition of elegiac is full of mourning and sorrow.
An example of something elegiac is a poem about the loss of a loved one.
elegiac definition by Webster's New World
- Gr. & Latin Prosody of or composed in dactylic-hexameter couplets, the second line (sometimes called a pentameter) having only an accented syllable in the third and sixth feet: the form was used for elegies and various other lyric poems
- of, like, or fit for an elegy
- sad; mournful; plaintive
Origin: Late Latin elegiacus ; from Classical Greek elegeiakos ; from elegeia: see elegy
- an elegiac couplet
- a series of such couplets; poem or poems written in such couplets
elegiac definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, or involving elegy or mourning or expressing sorrow for that which is irrecoverably past: an elegiac lament for youthful ideals.
- Of or composed in elegiac couplets.
Origin: Late Latin elegīacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeia, elegy; see elegy.
- elˌe·giˈac noun
- elˌe·giˈa·cal adjective
- elˌe·giˈa·cal·ly adverb