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E'legy. n.s. [elegus, Latin.]

  1. A mournful song.

    He hangs odes upon hawthorns, and elegies upon brambles, all forsooth deifying the name of Rosalind. Shak. As you like it.

  2. A funeral song.

    So on meanders banks, when death is nigh,
    The mournful swan sings her own elegy.

  3. A short poem without points or turns.

Sources: Shakespeare's As You Like It (37) · Dryden, John (680)

Attributes: Latin (555) · Noun Substantive (979)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Elegy." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=12861.

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