Definition of epithalamium in English:


Syllabification: ep·i·tha·la·mi·um
Pronunciation: /ˌepəTHəˈlāmēəm
(also epithalamion /-mēən/)

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

  • A song or poem celebrating a marriage.
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    • 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'.

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