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”
odistplay \ˈō-dist\ noun
Examples of ode in a Sentence
This poem is titled, “An Ode to My Mother.”
Recent Examples of ode from the Web
Kaepernick’s critics probably didn’t know that a portion of the Star-Spangled Banner’s third verse is a virtual ode to slavery written by slaveholder Francis Scott Key.
Those who have read this space for a while know that in spite of last week’s ode to the Big Fat Yeast roll and its descendants, my favorite bread remains the biscuit.
While gangsta rap spins violent odes and misogynistic threats, Salt-N-Pepa celebrate female independence, female sexuality, and—yes—motherhood.
Lemonade was an undeniable ode to black femmes everywhere.
Chef Ryan Garlitos trained under Taco Maria’s Carlos Salgado before opening his own California-style ode to his family’s food — which means lots of his grandma’s recipes made with local produce and cheffy flair.
At first tentative about her sexual identity, Corrigan’s Alison gets one of the musical’s most endearing numbers, an exultant ode to her new love, Joan (the terrific Kally Duling).
Here is the ODE story by Kenny Jacoby and Romaine Soh.
The document, which has been made available on the Senate Intelligence Committee website in pdf format, is a seven-page ode to Trump’s creepy attempts at manipulation, domination, bullying and outright obstruction of a federal investigation.
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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
First Known Use: 1538See Words from the same year
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
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
Definition of ode for Students
: a lyric poem that expresses a noble feeling with dignity
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