Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
A mournful or plaintive poem; a funereal song; a poem of lamentation.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
hEnglish - advanced version
\el"e*gy\ (?), n.; pl. elegies (#). [l. elegia, gr. &?;, fem. sing. (cf. &?;, prop., neut. pl. of &?; a distich in elegiac verse), fr. &?; elegiac, fr. &?; a song of mourning.] a mournful or plaintive poem; a funereal song; a poem of lamentation.
n : a mournful poem; a lament for the dead [syn: lament]
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A lyric poem lamenting the dead.
The Devil's Dictionary
A composition in verse, in which, without employing any of the methods of humor, the writer aims to produce in the reader's mind the dampest kind of dejection. The most famous English example begins somewhat like this:
The cur foretells the knell of parting day;
The loafing herd winds slowly o'er the lea;
The wise man homeward plods; I only stay
To fiddle-faddle in a minor key.
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About
GLOSSARY OF ESOTERIC WORDS
a) a poem of lament and praise for the dead.
(b) a poem written in a mournful tone.
(Gr) elegos (a lament)** On the death of Edward King, Milton composed the elegy "Lycidas."