\ 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


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

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Tom Dixon’s Brew coffee set is an ode to the art of the modern-day coffee ceremony. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "Wedding season: Going off-registry with your gift," 7 June 2019 In keeping with the arrival of spring, some pieces feature floral patterns, which serve as an ode to Aly's love of gardening. Teen Vogue, "Aerie Released Its Activewear Collection Designed by Aly Raisman," 4 Apr. 2019 It could be interpreted as an ode to the season with its energetic brushwork and springtime palette of pink, sage, aqua and gold. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Peace, love and a ’70s vibe rock a Berkeley home," 1 June 2018 So with his mind, eyes, and ears wide open, Sollee will write an ode of sorts to the Forsythe’s 47,000 acres of shoreline, salt marshes, and waterways. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "A Shore wildlife haven is a source of visual and musical inspiration," 28 Apr. 2018 Her sleek, straight glass hair under the crown was an ode to Cher at Studio 54. Sable Yong, Allure, "The Exact $88 Eye Shadow Palette Gemma Chan Wore to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 While at first one can only let their jaw hit the floor and simply covet the face, the body, and the confidence that Ratajkowski exudes, this look (at second glance) is an ode to the queen of Camp herself, Cher. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Channels Cher in a Naked Dress at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The band, with the young women in short skirts and high heels dancing and singing odes to Kim, draws global attention even though little information is available about it or about Hyon to outsiders. Time, "Olympic Cooperation Between North and South Korea Has Provoked Protests in Seoul," 22 Jan. 2018 And while many loved the pink party filled with Ari's besties and the ode to The Sound of Music, others were less impressed. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Backlash Ariana Grande Has Faced Following the “7 Rings” Music Video," 22 Jan. 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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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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