Meaning of elegiac

el•e•gi•ac

Pronunciation: (el"i-jī'uk, -ak, i-lē'jē-ak"), [key]
— adj.
  1. used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy.
  2. expressing sorrow or lamentation: elegiac strains.
  3. noting a distich the first line of which is a dactylic hexameter and the second a pentameter, or a verse differing from the hexameter by suppression of the arsis or metrically unaccented part of the third and the sixth foot.
—n.
  1. an elegiac or distich verse.
  2. a poem in such distichs or verses.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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