Definitions for requiemˈrɛk wi əm, ˈri kwi-, ˈreɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

req•ui•emˈrɛk wi əm, ˈri kwi-, ˈreɪ-(n.)

  1. (often cap.) Also called req′uiem mass′. the mass celebrated for the repose of the souls of the dead. a celebration of this mass. a plainsong setting for this mass.

    Category: Religion

  2. any musical service, hymn, or dirge for the repose of the dead.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of requiem:

1275–1325; ME < L, acc. of requiēs rest (the first word of the introit of the mass for the dead)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dirge, coronach, lament, requiem, threnody(noun)

    a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

  2. Requiem(noun)

    a musical setting for a Mass celebrating the dead

  3. Requiem(noun)

    a Mass celebrated for the dead


  1. requiem(Noun)

    A mass or other ceremony to honor and remember a dead person.

    Requiem for a Heavyweight.

  2. requiem(Noun)

    A musical composition for such a mass.

  3. requiem(Noun)

    A piece of music composed to honor a dead person.

  4. Origin: The first word of the introit for the traditional requiem mass, an alternative accusative case of requies, from re- + quies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Requiem(noun)

    a mass said or sung for the repose of a departed soul

  2. Requiem(noun)

    any grand musical composition, performed in honor of a deceased person

  3. Requiem(noun)

    rest; quiet; peace


  1. Requiem

    A Requiem or Requiem Mass, also known as Mass for the dead or Mass of the dead, is a Mass celebrated for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons, using a particular form of the Roman Missal. It is frequently, but not necessarily, celebrated in the context of a funeral. Musical settings of the propers of the Requiem Mass are also called Requiems, and the term has subsequently been applied to other musical compositions associated with death and mourning, even when they lack religious or liturgical relevance. The term is also used for similar ceremonies outside the Roman Catholic Church, especially in the Anglo-Catholic branch of Anglicanism and in certain Lutheran churches. A comparable service, with a wholly different ritual form and texts, exists in the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, as well as in the Methodist Church. The Mass and its settings draw their name from the introit of the liturgy, which begins with the words "Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine" – "Grant them eternal rest, O Lord". The Roman Missal as revised in 1970 employs this phrase as the first entrance antiphon among the formulas for Masses for the dead, and it remains in use to this day.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Requiem

    a mass set to music, sung for the repose of the soul of a dead person.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a piece of music written for) a mass for the souls of the dead.

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