Definition of monody
1 : an ode sung by one voice (as in a Greek tragedy)
2 : an elegy or dirge performed by one person
3 a : a monophonic vocal piece b : the monophonic style of 17th century opera
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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