(noun, adjective)


1. resembling or characteristic of or appropriate to an elegy

- an elegiac poem on a friend's death

2. expressing sorrow often for something past

- an elegiac lament for youthful ideals

Similar word(s): sorrowful

Sentences with elegiac as an adjective:

- the elegiac distich or couplet, consisting of a dactylic hexameter and pentameter


1. A poem composed in the couplet style of classical elegies: a line of dactylic hexameter followed by a line of dactylic pentameter