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epithalamium Line breaks: epi|tha¦la¦mium
Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪθəˈleɪmɪəm/

Definition of epithalamium in English:

noun (plural epithalamiums or epithalamiaˌɛpɪθəˈleɪmɪə)

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.


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



Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪθəˈlamɪk/

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