\ˈōd \

Definition of ode 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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"

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 \ noun

Examples of ode in a Sentence


This poem is titled, “An Ode to My Mother.”

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No one, including a woman who answered the phone at the McHale residence or the folks at Turner Sports, would confirm whether that was, in fact, Kevin McHale at the Trump rally, but Lynn’s Twitter timeline reads like an ode to the president. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Was That Boston Celtics Great Kevin McHale at a Trump Rally? Don’t Know, but His Wife Is Totally Trump Crazy," 21 June 2018 In the guise of an aperitif, the house this week is offering up an exuberant ode to nature’s vivacity. Vogue, "Boucheron Is Using Leading-Edge Scientific Techniques to Fashion Incredibly Lifelike Jewels," 2 July 2018 The song's lyrics have some fans wondering if the song might be an ode to Gigi Hadid, written before she and Zayn split. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Zayn Malik's New Song *Might* Be About Gigi Hadid," 12 Apr. 2018 From 1978's Natural High, this soulful romantic ode is sure to seal the deal with your sweetie any night of the week. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 10 Best Lionel Richie Songs," 27 June 2018 As Gabriella Paiella wrote in her recent ode, there is much to love about Tony Shalhoub: his lush and broad mustache, his twinkling eyes, his comedic timing, and of course, his acting chops. The Cut, "Express Your Summer Feelings With This New Cut T-Shirt," 22 June 2018 Prolific Bay Area restaurateur Adriano Paganini opened his ode to Spanish cuisine — Barvale — around the same time. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Divisadero has become SF’s most prolific new restaurant neighborhood," 8 June 2018 Earthy colors Toile fabrics and orderly florals Farm animal décor This style is marked with strong notes of elegance and polish, but still upholds its ode to countryside living. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "What Is A French Country Kitchen Versus An English Country Kitchen?," 31 Jan. 2017 Instead, the novel is an ode to the clumsier physicality of companionship, where bonds of friendship and love strain against the entropic forces of distance, irritation and habituation. Alexandra Kleeman, New York Times, "Fluid Friendships: A Literary Ode to the Shifting Nature of Human Bonds," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of ode


1538, in the meaning defined above

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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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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