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
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            We should profane the service of the dead
            To sing a requiem and such rest to her
            As to peace-parted souls.             --Shak.
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   2. Any grand musical composition, performed in honor of a
      deceased person.
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   3. Rest; quiet; peace. [Obs.]
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            Else had I an eternal requiem kept,
            And in the arms of peace forever slept. --Sandys.
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