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

     

    requiem

     noun
    noun
    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 Origin Middle English: from Latin (first word of the Mass), accusative of requies ‘rest’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: requiem