The definition of an elegy is a mournful piece of music or is a poem written as an ode to the dead.(noun)
An example of an elegy is a poem written to honor a deceased man.
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noun pl. elegies
Origin: Fr élégie < L elegia < Gr elegeia < elegos, a lament < ? IE base *el- > alms
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noun pl. el·e·gies
Origin: French élégie
Origin: , from Latin elegīa
Origin: , from Greek elegeia
Origin: , from
Origin: pl. of elegeion, elegiac distich
Origin: , from elegos, song, mournful song.
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