Definitions

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  • n. An Irish or Welsh melody for the harp, sometimes of a mournful character.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An Irish or Welsh melody for the harp, sometimes of a mournful character.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lament; an Irish or Welsh melody for the harp, often, but not necessarily, of a mournful character.

Etymologies

Compare Latin plangere to mourn aloud. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Planxty occurs twice in Finnegans Wake: first, as in example 1, in its actual meaning; second, as in example 4, as a typically Joycean play on words, meaning "plenty". I suggest an alternative to a line in the famous song of the book: "Planxty of fun at Finnegans wake."

    June 17, 2013

  • Also often referring to a song written in honor of someone, as "Planxty Irwin", written in tribute to one Colonel Irwin.

    June 26, 2009

  • An Irish or Welsh melody for the harp, sometimes of a mournful character.

    October 23, 2007