ode

noun \ ˈōd \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of ode

: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"

odist

play \ˈō-dist\ noun

Examples of ode in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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


-ode

noun combining form

Definition of -ode

1 :way :path
  • electrode
2 :electrode
  • diode

Origin and Etymology of -ode

Greek -odos, from hodos


ODE Defined for English Language Learners

ode

noun

Definition of ode for English Language Learners

  • : a poem in which a person expresses a strong feeling of love or respect for someone or something


ODE Defined for Kids

ode

noun \ ˈōd \

Definition of ode for Students

:a lyric poem that expresses a noble feeling with dignity


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