- The definition of an elegy is a mournful piece of music or is a poem written as an ode to the dead.
An example of an elegy is a poem written to honor a deceased man.
- any poem in elegiac verse
- a poem or song of lament and praise for the dead, as Shelley's “Adonais”
- any poem, song, etc. in a mournfully contemplative tone: Gray's “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”
Origin of elegyFrench élégie ; from Classical Latin elegia ; from Classical Greek elegeia ; from elegos, a lament ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form el- from source alms
- A poem composed in elegiac couplets.
- a. A poem or song composed especially as a lament for a deceased person.b. Something resembling such a poem or song.
- Music A composition that is melancholy or pensive in tone.
Origin of elegyFrench élégie, from Latin elegīa, from Greek elegeia, from pl. of elegeion, elegiac distich, from elegos, song, mournful song.