Definition of prothalamion in English:


Syllabification: pro·tha·la·mi·on
Pronunciation: /ˌprōTHəˈlāmēən
(also prothalamium /-mēəm/)

noun (plural prothalamia /-mēə/)

  • A song or poem celebrating an upcoming wedding.
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    • John Ashbery, in ‘A Blessing in Disguise,’ has written a fast, sure prothalamion for the sometime wedding of oneself to the free friend, to poetry.


late 16th century: from Prothalamion, the title of a poem by Spenser, on the pattern of epithalamium.

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