One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A song or poem celebrating a forthcoming wedding.
- ‘John Ashbery, in ‘A Blessing in Disguise,’ has written a fast, sure prothalamion for the sometime wedding of oneself to the free friend, to poetry.’
Late 16th century: from Prothalamion, the title of a poem by Spenser, on the pattern of epithalamium.
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