monody

noun mon·o·dy \ ˈmä-nə-dē \

Definition of monody

plural monodies
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

monodic

play \mə-ˈnä-dik\ or monodical play \-di-kəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of monody

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


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