\ˈōd \

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 \ noun

Examples of ode in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So, the brand came together to create a stunning ode to the LGBTQ+ community photographed by Lauren Perlstein. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Fluide's Gorgeous, Inclusive Holiday Campaign Is Dedicated to Chosen Families Everywhere," 14 Nov. 2018 The away shirts are a screeching bright green, white and black with trippy jagged edging on a chevron pattern that may just be the World Cup's shining Rorschach moment, along with an ode to the country's style and pop culture energy. Leanne Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Nigeria's bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup uniforms," 12 June 2018 The away shirts are a screeching bright green, white and black with trippy jagged edging on a chevron pattern that may just be the World Cup’s shining Rorschach moment, along with an ode to the country’s style and pop culture energy. Washington Post, "Nigeria’s bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup unis," 12 June 2018 The producer duo, comprised of Emma Lov and Jackson Foote, return with a poignant ode to heartbreak and its lingering pain. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Loote & Joe Jonas Team Up on Adrenaline-Pumping Heartbreak Jam 'Longer Than I Thought': Listen," 25 May 2018 Split across three floors, each level is themed with odes to Italian design and the streets of Manhattan. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Dolce & Gabbana's Downtown NYC Store Is Your New Favorite Instagram Spot," 12 Apr. 2018 On Twitter, #TelltaleMemories is home to odes to the developer’s best moments. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Former Telltale devs share the best goofs you never saw," 29 Sep. 2018 There were many references to workwear at shows like Marine Serre and Prada, as well as odes to hazmat suits and fire-retardant garments at Maison Margiela and Calvin Klein. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meet the Stylist Turned Designer Who Lives Her Fashionable Life in Nothing But Boilersuits," 5 Sep. 2018 Reading Frost’s poems as mere odes to rural idylls de-fangs them. Tyler Malone, latimes.com, "The road taken by Robert Frost through New England," 29 June 2018

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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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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