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monody

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noun mon·o·dy \ˈmä-nə-dē\

Definition of monody

plural mon·o·dies

  1. 1 :  an ode sung by one voice (as in a Greek tragedy)

  2. 2 :  an elegy or dirge performed by one person

  3. 3 a :  a monophonic vocal piece b :  the monophonic style of 17th century opera

mo·nod·ic play \mə-ˈnä-dik\ or mo·nod·i·cal play \-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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