Definition of epithalamium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌepəTHəˈlāmēəm/
(also epithalamion /-mēən/)

noun (plural epithalamiums or epithalamia /-mēə/ also epithalamions)

A song or poem celebrating a marriage.
Example sentences
  • The Visigoths had openly aped the imperial court when King Athaulf married Galla Placidia in 411, a marriage celebrated by an official epithalamium (marriage-poem) delivered by a senator.
  • In this case, the five repetitions of ‘joy’ even have a possible numerological significance, since five is a ‘nuptial number’ frequently used in epithalamia.
  • If we take Byron seriously, we can turn the mask of tragedy into the mask of comedy only by replacing the elegy with the epithalamium.



Pronunciation: /-ˈlamik/


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek epithalamion, from epi 'upon' + thalamos 'bridal chamber'.

Words that rhyme with epithalamium


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Syllabification: ep·i·tha·la·mi·um

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