\ ˈōd How to pronounce ode (audio) \

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 How to pronounce odist (audio) \ noun

Examples of ode in a Sentence

Noun This poem is titled, “An Ode to My Mother.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amy Poeppel’s novel offers a delightful ode to contemporary life as Bridget, a classical cellist, anticipates a summer of romance. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Plunge into summer with the 10 best books of July," 7 July 2020 Director Rod Lurie has presented an ode to valor and heroism, but leaves the storytelling mission only half completed. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Outpost' turns Jake Tapper's book into a tense but flawed vision of war," 2 July 2020 Be sure to check out our guide (and ode) to bird feeders, as well. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "These Binoculars Are for the Birds," 23 June 2020 This tongue-in-cheek tale about a very amateur effort to make a slasher flick is a hilarious ode to creativity, the can-do spirit and friendship. oregonlive, "Here are the 2020 Oregon Book Award winners," 23 June 2020 The bigger challenge will be for the small shops—the young entrepreneur’s sandwich joint, the immigrant family’s ode to its native cuisine, places that don’t have the space or the resources or the culinary wherewithal to quickly pivot. Matt Goulding, The Atlantic, "Our Weird Restaurant Future," 19 June 2020 Featured in the show was a drawing of her aunt’s rocking chair which served as an ode to her beloved deceased relative who would sit on her porch, sing songs and clap hands while watching the cars pass by. Nickole Kerner Bobley, Houston Chronicle, "Artfeel: Artist Lois Spurlock shares her fear," 5 June 2020 Take the recent Netflix movie The Last Summer, created as an ode to the idea of summer. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Dive Into The Best Summer Movies On Netflix," 29 May 2020 Yet the music on Tide never feels like an ode to a glorious past. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "In the Vanguard of Trio Jazz with Micah Thomas," 29 May 2020

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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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11 Jul 2020

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“Ode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ode. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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