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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Requiem \Re"qui*em\ (r?"kw?-?m;277), n. [Acc. of L. requies rest, the first words of the Mass being "Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine," give eternal rest to them, O lord; pref. re- re + quies quiet. See Quiet, n., and cf. Requin.] 1. (R.C.Ch.) A mass said or sung for the repose of a departed soul. [1913 Webster] We should profane the service of the dead To sing a requiem and such rest to her As to peace-parted souls. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Any grand musical composition, performed in honor of a deceased person. [1913 Webster] 3. Rest; quiet; peace. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Else had I an eternal requiem kept, And in the arms of peace forever slept. --Sandys. [1913 Webster]