What does elegy mean?

Definitions for elegy
ˈɛl ɪ dʒiel·e·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elegy, lamentnoun

    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead


  1. elegynoun

    A mournful or plaintive poem; a funeral song; a poem of lamentation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elegynoun

    Etymology: elegus, Latin.

    He hangs odes upon hawthorns, and elegies upon brambles, all forsooth deifying the name of Rosalind. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    So on meanders banks, when death is nigh,
    The mournful swan sings her own elegy. Dryden.


  1. Elegy

    An elegy is a poem of serious reflection, and in English literature usually a lament for the dead. However, according to The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy, "for all of its pervasiveness ... the 'elegy' remains remarkably ill defined: sometimes used as a catch-all to denominate texts of a somber or pessimistic tone, sometimes as a marker for textual monumentalizing, and sometimes strictly as a sign of a lament for the dead".


  1. elegy

    An elegy is a form of literature, typically a poem, that expresses sorrow or mourning for someone who is deceased, or a lament for some tragic event or loss. This melancholic and thoughtful piece of writing is usually serious in tone and style, and often reflective. It's typically used as a form of respect and homage towards the subject of mourning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elegynoun

    a mournful or plaintive poem; a funereal song; a poem of lamentation

  2. Etymology: [L. elegia, Gr. , fem. sing. (cf. , prop., neut. pl. of a distich in elegiac verse), fr. elegiac, fr. a song of mourning.]


  1. Elegy

    In literature, an elegy is a mournful, melancholic or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elegy

    el′e-ji, n. a song of mourning: a funeral-song: a poem written in elegiac metre.—adj. Elegī′ac, belonging to elegy: mournful: used in elegies, esp. noting the kind of metre, alternate hexameter and pentameter lines.—n. elegiac verse.—adj. Elegī′acal.—ns. Elē′giast, El′egist, a writer of elegies.—v.i. El′egīse, to write an elegy.—v.t. to write an elegy on. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. elegos, a lament.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Elegy

    a song expressive of sustained earnest yearning, or mild sorrow after loss.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elegy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elegy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of elegy in a Sentence

  1. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    Travel is a caprice in childhood, a passion in youth, a necessity in manhood, and an elegy in old age.

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