monody

noun
mon·o·dy | \ ˈmä-nə-dē \
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 \ or monodical \-di-kəl \ 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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