Requiem meaning

rĕkwē-əm, rēkwē-
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.

noun
2
0
A hymn, composition, or service for the dead.
noun
0
0
A musical setting for this; also, any musical service, hymn, or dirge for the dead.
noun
0
0
Any dirgelike song, chant, or poem.
noun
0
0
A mass (especially Catholic) to honor and remember a dead person.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
A musical composition for such a mass.
noun
0
0
A piece of music composed to honor a dead person.
noun
0
0
(r.c.ch.) A Mass for one or more deceased persons.
noun
0
2

Origin of requiem

  • Middle English from Latin accusative of requiēs rest, the first word of the mass for the dead re- re- quiēs quiet kweiə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The first word of the introit for the traditional requiem mass, an alternative accusative case of Latin requiÄ“s (“rest, repose"), from re- (“again") + quiÄ“s (“rest, quiet").

    From Wiktionary