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Meaning of dirge

dirge

Pronunciation: (dûrj), [key]
— n.
  1. a funeral song or tune, or one expressing mourning in commemoration of the dead.
  2. any composition resembling such a song or tune in character, as a poem of lament for the dead or solemn, mournful music: Tennyson's dirge for the Duke of Wellington.
  3. a mournful sound resembling a dirge: The autumn wind sang the dirge of summer.
  4. the office of the dead, or the funeral service as sung.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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