Ode Definition

ōd
odes
noun
A poem written to be sung.
Webster's New World
In modern use, a lyric poem, rhymed or unrhymed, typically addressed to some person or thing and usually characterized by lofty feeling, elaborate form, and dignified style.
Webster's New World
A choric song of classical Greece, often accompanied by a dance and performed at a public festival or as part of a drama.
American Heritage
A classical Greek poem modeled on the choric ode and usually having a three-part structure consisting of a strophe, an antistrophe, and an epode.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
suffix
Way; path.
Electrode.
American Heritage
Electrode.
Dynode.
American Heritage
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Way, path.
Electrode.
Webster's New World
Something that resembles (a specified thing)
Phyllode, nematode.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Ode

Noun

Singular:
ode
Plural:
odes

Origin of Ode

  • French choric song from Old French from Late Latin ōdē, ōda from Greek aoidē, ōidē song wed-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Greek -odos from hodos Sense 2, from (an)ode (cath)ode (electr)ode etc.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Gr -ōdēs, ōdes < -ō-, ending of base or thematic vowel + -eidēs, like, -oid

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ᾠδή (ōidē, “song”).

    From Wiktionary

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