Variant of monody
- in ancient Greek literature, an ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lyric solo, generally a lament or dirge
- a poem in which the poet mourns someone's death
- a monotonous sound or tone, as of waves
- an early vocal style having a single voice part with continuo accompaniment, as in Baroque opera
- a composition in this style
Origin: LL monodia from Glassical Greek monōidia from monōidos, singing alone from monos, alone (see mono-) plush aeidein, to sing: see ode
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