elegiac[el ē′jē ak′, i lē′-; el′ə jī′ak′, -ək]
An example of something elegiac is a poem about the loss of a loved one.
- 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 of elegiacLate 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
- 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 of elegiacLate Latin elegīacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeia, elegy; see elegy.
(comparative more elegiac, superlative most elegiac)
From Middle French élégiaque.