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



    BrE BrE//dɜːdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɜːrdʒ//
    Pieces of music
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  1. 1a song sung in the past at a funeral or for a dead person See related entries: Pieces of music
  2. 2(informal, disapproving) any song or piece of music that is too slow and sad
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting the Office for the Dead): from Latin dirige! (imperative) ‘direct!’, the first word of an antiphon (Ps. 5:8) formerly used in the Latin Office for the Dead.
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