\ ˈōd How to pronounce ode (audio) \
plural odes

Definition of ode

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a lyric poem usually marked by exaltation of feeling and style, varying length of line, and complexity of stanza forms Keats's ode "To a Nightingale"
2 : something that shows respect for or celebrates the worth or influence of another : homage The museum would be an ode to visual storytelling, drawn from the director's collection of film ephemera and fine art.— Chanan Tigay The recipe is an ode to my homeland, Vietnam, and I'd like to share it with my new friends in America. — Gourmet

Definition of -ode (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : way : path electrode
2 : electrode diode

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Other Words from ode


odist \ ˈō-​dist How to pronounce -ode (audio) \ noun

Examples of ode in a Sentence

Noun This poem is titled, “An Ode to My Mother.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What Drives Us, an ode to van touring and an exploration into what motivates people pursue their rock dreams. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "Watch Foo Fighters Perform ‘Back in Black’ With AC/DC’s Brian Johnson at Vax Live Concert," 9 May 2021 Joanna Lowell merges all the traditions of the Victorian novel with the romance genre in this deft and dense ode to 19th-century art and love. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: Unlikely connections abound in April romance novels," 4 May 2021 In what must be another ode to Tennant, there were an array of choppy, swooping pixies and bobs that tactfully fell over one eye. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "With Lip Rings and Choppy Bobs, Chanel Beauty Gets a Punk Makeover on the Resort Runway," 4 May 2021 His last three goals have all come on one-timers, a sign of his confidence and an ode to his teammates finding him in the right positions, Bowness said. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars are noticing more confidence from forward Denis Gurianov," 27 Apr. 2021 Part narrative, part collection of recipes, this young chef has penned an ode to nature and the slow-food life on the rugged – and sometimes wild – Australian island-state of Tasmania. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Cookbooks Representing Cuisines From Around The Globe," 27 Apr. 2021 Seating at the awards show will be kept intimate, an ode to the Academy's very first ceremonies and a necessity amid the pandemic. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, "This Is How Union Station Will Be Decorated for the Oscars," 24 Apr. 2021 Chi-Chi's This ode to Mexico debuted in Richfield in 1975, the creation of the founder of the Zapata (later Zantigo) fast-food chain. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "7 long-lost Minnesota chains that left their mark on the dining scene," 16 Apr. 2021 The TikTok Musical, which Mertzlufft co-created after teacher Emily Jacobsen’s ode to the Pixar rat went viral. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "TikTok Duets Are Reviving the Exquisite Corpse," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ode


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ode


Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin, from Greek ōidē, literally, song, from aeidein, aidein to sing; akin to Greek audē voice

Noun combining form

Greek -odos, from hodos

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13 May 2021

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“Ode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ode. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ode

: a poem in which a person expresses a strong feeling of love or respect for someone or something


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Kids Definition of ode

: a lyric poem that expresses a noble feeling with dignity

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