Ruins of the odeum of Herodes Atticus.Licensed from iStockPhoto
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noun pl. odeums or odea
- in ancient Greece and Rome, a roofed building for musical performances
- a modern concert hall
Origin: LL from Glassical Greek ōideion from ōidē: see ode
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noun pl. o·de·a
- A small building of ancient Greece and Rome used for public performances of music and poetry.
- A contemporary theater or concert hall.
Origin: Latin ōdēum, from Greek ōideion, from aoidē, ōidē, song; see ode.