What does the word dirge mean?

Usage examples for dirge

  1. Hakadah thought of his Ohitika as a person who would meet his death without a struggle, so he began to sing a dirge for him, at the same time hugging him tight to himself. – Indian Boyhood by [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  2. A Lyke Wake Dirge is of surpassing quality throughout. – Flower-of-the-Mind by Meynell, Alice Christiana Thompson
  3. The bells rang out a dirge, but they did it hardly above their breath. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope