Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of REQUIEM

Pronunciation:  'rekwi`em

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a Mass celebrated for the dead
  2. [n]  a musical setting for a Mass celebrating the dead
  3. [n]  a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

REQUIEM is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: coronach, dirge, lament, threnody
 See Also: keen, Mass, Mass, Requiem, Requiem, song



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re"qui*em\ (r?"kw?-?m;277), n. [Acc. of L. requies
rest, the first words of the Mass being ``Requiem aeternam
dona eis, Domine,'' give eternal rest to them, O lord; pref.
re- re + quies quiet. See {Quiet}, n., and cf. {Requin}.]
1. (R.C.Ch.) A mass said or sung for the repose of a departed

         We should profane the service of the dead To sing a
         requiem and such rest to her As to peace-parted
         souls.                                --Shak.

2. Any grand musical composition, performed in honor of a
   deceased person.

3. Rest; quiet; peace. [Obs.]

         Else had I an eternal requiem kept, And in the arms
         of peace forever slept.               --Sandys.