The definition of a requiem is a song, chant or poem for someone who died.
An example of a requiem is Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor.
- R.C.Ch. a Mass for one or more deceased persons
- a musical setting for this; also, any musical service, hymn, or dirge for the dead
- any dirgelike song, chant, or poem
Origin of RequiemMiddle English from L, accusative of requies, rest (see re- and quiet): first word of the Introit in the Latin Mass for the Dead
- Requiem Roman Catholic Church a. A mass for a deceased person.b. A musical composition for such a mass.
- A hymn, composition, or service for the dead.
Origin of requiemMiddle English from Latin accusative of requiēs rest, the first word of the mass for the dead re- re- quiēs quiet ; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.
The Latin Introit, or opening prayer, for a requiem mass starts with the words:
- Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
- "Grant them eternal rest, Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon them."