Definition of elegy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈelədʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈelədʒi//
(pl. elegies) Poetry
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a poem or song that expresses sadness, especially for somebody who has died See related entries: Poetry Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French élégie, or via Latin, from Greek elegeia, from elegos ‘mournful poem’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: elegy