What does the word elegy mean?

Usage examples for elegy

  1. The poet Euripides, after their defeat and utter overthrow wrote this elegy upon them: " Eight times they beat the Syracusan host, Before the gods themselves declared them lost." – Plutarch's Lives Volume III. by Plutarch
  2. Answer me as to all this, for perhaps your long elegy of a wife no longer allows you your liberty as she did. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  3. He sits down desperately; the messenger rings at the bell; the children drum on the door; the servants run up from time to time to say the messenger is getting bored; and the pencil staggers along, making the world a present of fifteen hundred unimportant words, and making Shakespeare a present of a portion of Gray's Elegy; putting " fantastic roots wreathed high" instead of " antique roots peep out." – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward