\ 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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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 The ode was published in the Redwood Falls Gazette in Redwood Falls on Monday. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Woman's obituary takes hellish turn: 'World is a better place without her'," 5 June 2018 The collection is an ode to Dessous, with neutral-colored underwear and camisoles made from high-quality Japanese cotton and custom embroideries in French lace. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Lingerie Designer Found Creative Freedom in Nashville After Working in New York for 20 Years," 6 Feb. 2019 Mereba effortlessly crafts an otherworldly ode to her lover on this track from her debut project The Jungle Is the Only Way Out. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Wedding Songs of 2019 (So Far)," 1 Mar. 2019 Like other artistic odes to Brutalism, the delightfully playful cards create a clever contrast with the seriousness of the buildings. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Send a Brutalist holiday card to the concrete lover in your life," 29 Nov. 2018 But this is more than an ode to nostalgia and romance, or a yearning for analog objects in a digital world. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "6 Reasons You Should Always Have a Paper Map," 19 Nov. 2018 In an ode to its American roots, Simons added Western flair to Calvin Klein denim and created cheeky pieces like Jaws T-shirts. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 In another ode to the cheerleading film, Grande plays a mixtape in her bedroom and dances on her bed—only this time, the mixtape is for Ari from Ari, a nod to the single’s message about focusing on one’s self after a breakup. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Um, We Need to Talk About Pete Davidson’s Page in Ariana Grande’s Burn Book," 30 Nov. 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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