mon·​o·​dy | \ ˈmä-nə-dē How to pronounce monody (audio) \
plural monodies

Definition of monody

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

Other Words from monody

monodic \ mə-​ˈnä-​dik How to pronounce monody (audio) \ or monodical \ mə-​ˈnä-​di-​kəl How to pronounce monody (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of monody

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monody

Medieval Latin monodia, from Greek monōidia, from monōidos singing alone, from mon- + aeidein to sing — more at ode

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“Monody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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