Élegy. n.s. [elegus, Latin.]
- A mournful song.
He hangs odes upon hawthorns, and elegies upon brambles, all forsooth deifying the name of Rosalind. Shak. As you like it.
- A funeral song.
So on meanders banks, when death is nigh,
The mournful swan sings her own elegy. Dryden.
- A short poem without points or turns.