\ 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 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 Steven Flynn, the executive chef for the company, created the menu, an ode to his native Hawaii, and a deviation from the brand’s standard Italian fare. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "From Krispy Kreme to Weed: Inside 5 Businesses That Opened in Pandemic N.Y.," 7 Oct. 2020 At the Golden Globes in January, actress Michelle Williams delivered an acceptance speech that might be described as an ode to lean-in feminism. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Why Left-Wing Feminists Hate Amy Coney Barrett," 28 Sep. 2020 And Golde founder Trinity Mouzon Wofford shared her ode to an upstate summer, equipped with nourishing veggies, fruits, and healing sunsets. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Megan Thee Stallion, Jorja Smith, and More," 27 Sep. 2020 The television writer and producer posted his own ode to Gwyneth Paltrow on Instagram as well. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Gwyneth Paltrow Stuns in ‘Nothing But My Birthday Suit’ to Celebrate Turning 48," 27 Sep. 2020 The result is a sonorous ode to the story behind the most wonderful time of the year. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Mariah Carey Songs: Staff Picks," 5 Oct. 2020 Now Serrano’s ode to the hardwood is getting a hardcover. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Shea Serrano’s “Basketball (and Other Things)” bounces back with new chapters and art," 2 Oct. 2020 Here's an ode to that opening number, which lives rent-free in my head, has for a decade, and probably will for another decade. Andrea Wurzburger, PEOPLE.com, "An Ode to the 2010 Emmy Awards' Opening Number, a Decade Later," 18 Sep. 2020 For her, the event was as much a preview of what a future without Trump would bring as an ode to the country’s diversity. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Biden’s Case to Latino Voters Comes Late. Will They Listen?," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ode. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce -ode (audio)

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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