Definition of elegiac adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌelɪˈdʒaɪək//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌelɪˈdʒaɪək//
(formal or literary)
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expressing sadness, especially about the past or people who have died Her poetry has an elegiac quality. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French élégiaque, or via late Latin, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeia, from elegos ‘mournful poem’.
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