noun mon·o·dy \ˈmä-nə-dē\
plural mon·o·dies

Definition of MONODY

:  an ode sung by one voice (as in a Greek tragedy)
:  an elegy or dirge performed by one person
a :  a monophonic vocal piece
b :  the monophonic style of 17th century opera
mo·nod·ic \mə-ˈnä-dik\ or mo·nod·i·cal \-di-kəl\ adjective

Origin of MONODY

Medieval Latin monodia, from Greek monōidia, from monōidos singing alone, from mon- + aeidein to sing — more at ode
First Known Use: circa 1623


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