Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 16th century
A song or poem celebrating a marriage.
Examples of Epithalamium in a sentence
"In place of a traditional epithalamium, the groom sang a Beatles love song to his spouse on the day of their wedding."
"In classical theater comedies, which often end in a wedding, an epithalamium is sometimes used to close the performance."
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“Epithalamium” is borrowed directly from Latin, where the word is based on the ancient Greek “ἐπιθαλάμιον” (“epithalamion”), meaning “bridal song.”
Did you Know?
In ancient Greece, an “epithalamium” was a song sung at the door to the marriage chamber in celebration of the bride and groom to bless the union and bring the wedded couple happiness. Over time, the tradition came to describe both a marriage song and a poem celebrating a marriage. Some of the most famous poets of ancient Greece, including Sappho and Pindar, are remembered for their epithalamiums. In the Italian Renaissance, it was a wedding tradition for celebrants to be honored with an epithalamium printed and delivered to them. Many of Shakespeare’s comedic dramas also end in an epithalamium to honor a happy wedding.