- The definition of an epithalamium is a song or poem sung or read at a couple's wedding ceremony.
An example of an epithalamium is a friend singing a dedication song during a wedding ceremony.
nounpl. epithalamiums or epithalamia
Origin of epithalamiumClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek epithalamion ; from epithalamios, nuptial ; from epi-, at + thalamos, bridal chamber ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhel-, an arch, hollow from source dale, dell
nounpl. ep·i·tha·la·mi·ums or ep·i·tha·la·mi·a
Origin of epithalamiumLatin, from Greek epithalamion, from neuter of epithalamios, of a wedding : epi-, epi- + thalamos, bridal chamber.
From Latin epithalamium, from Ancient Greek ἐπιθαλάμιον (epithalamion, “bridal song”), neuter form of ἐπιθαλάμιος (epithalamios), from ἐπί (epi, “upon”) + θάλαμος (thalamos, “inner chamber, wedding chamber”).