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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 Check out our ode to Ms. Monáe and her romantic beauty moments that are easily ‘a do’ on this year’s day of love. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Janelle Monáe's Romantic Beauty Moments Are A 'Do' For Valentine's Day," 29 Jan. 2020 These days, fans of her heartfelt odes to a devastating love lost might be hard-pressed to find a song that hits in quite the same way. Vogue, "A Listening Guide to Lover, Based on Your 9 Favorite Taylor Swift Songs," 23 Aug. 2019 Consider this list our ode to tote bags, and scroll down for the best 13 to buy this season. Teen Vogue, "12 Back-To-School Friendly Tote Bags," 16 Aug. 2019 But many fans are protective of Frankie, and have expressed their support for him and his touching ode to his older brothers. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Why Everyone Is Talking About Frankie Jonas’ 30 Seconds Of Fame," 5 June 2019 Julien Christian Lutz), the music-video auteur known for his visually hypnotic work with artists including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Rihanna, its gleeful ode to excess can also be strained and self-defeating. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Superfly' is a flashy, violent and fitfully compelling remake of the 1972 blaxploitation hit," 12 June 2018 Down The Aisle is an ode to the '80s, with exaggerated sleeves, high-cut silhouettes, and oversized satin bows sprinkled throughout. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Rihanna & Adam Selman Collaborated On The Sexiest Lingerie Collection, Ever," 3 Jan. 2020 Freaknik is an ode to a unique city, and an elegy for one of the greatest music festivals that ever existed. Laura Jane Standley, The Atlantic, "The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 His quest, as directed by Almodovar and embodied by Banderas, is moving, beautiful and, ultimately, an ode to the power of art. Laura Demarco, cleveland, "Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas reunite in moving ‘Pain and Glory,’ an ode to the movies (review)," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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24 Feb 2020

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“Ode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ode. Accessed 25 Feb. 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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