\ ˈōd How to pronounce ode (audio) \
plural odes

Definition of ode

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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"
2 : something that shows respect for or celebrates the worth or influence of another : homage The museum would be an ode to visual storytelling, drawn from the director's collection of film ephemera and fine art.— Chanan Tigay The recipe is an ode to my homeland, Vietnam, and I'd like to share it with my new friends in America. — Gourmet

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 -ode (audio) \ noun

Examples of ode in a Sentence

Noun This poem is titled, “An Ode to My Mother.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wadi Rum and each is a spectacularly beautiful cinematic ode to the desert. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 As the models filed out into the palazzo’s courtyard and gardens at the end of the show to the dying strains of Vivaldi, so concluded a singular ode to the city’s enduring magic. Liam Hes, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2021 Bulgaria's Victoria performed a moving ode to her father, who had battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. Rob Picheta, CNN, 23 May 2021 What starts as a surface-level ode to solo road trip through the Utah wilderness turns into a moving portrait of familial alienation that toggles between loneliness and freedom. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2021 After a brief hiatus from the pandemic, this year's Met Gala returned better than ever with an ode to American fashion. Amy Wray, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Located near the legendary Sundance Square neighborhood, the hotel offers 226 guest rooms and suites with a hint of distinctive touches, such as local art and handcrafted furniture with an ode to Fort Worth's history. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 12 Aug. 2021 Iggy Pop is wrapping up a messy 2020 with an ode to the rapidly spreading pandemic. Gary Trust, Billboard, 12 Aug. 2021 For our weeklong ode to the season, T has invited writers to share their own. New York Times, 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of ode


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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16 Oct 2021

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“Ode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ode. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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


\ ˈōd How to pronounce ode (audio) \

Kids Definition of ode

: a lyric poem that expresses a noble feeling with dignity


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