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



    BrE BrE//ˈrekwiəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekwiəm//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈrekwiem//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekwiem//
    (also requiem mass) Religious ceremonies
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  1. 1a Christian ceremony for a person who has recently died, at which people say prayers for his or her soul See related entries: Religious ceremonies
  2. 2a piece of music for this ceremony
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin (first word of the Mass), accusative of requies ‘rest’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: requiem