- 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 of monodyLate Latin monodia from Classical Greek mon?idia from mon?idos, singing alone from monos, alone (see mono-) + aeidein, to sing: see ode
- An ode for one voice or actor, as in Greek drama.
- A poem in which the poet or speaker mourns another's death.
- Music a. A style of composition dominated by a single melodic line.b. A style of composition having a single melodic line; monophony.c. A composition in either of these styles.
Origin of monodyLate Latin monōdia from Greek monōidiā mono- mono- aoidē, ōidē song ; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots.
- mo·nod′ic mo·nod′i·cal
From Latin monodia, from Ancient Greek Î¼Î¿Î½á¿³Î´Î¯Î± (monÅdia).