\ 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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The name of the Street of Dreams home is an ode to Wright’s Usonian design style. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home with wide eaves, wine racks," 8 Aug. 2019 For this first iteration, only the film The Hunchback of Notre Dame—William Dieterle’s ode to equality, based loosely on the Victor Hugo novel—was able to be screened. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, Week of August 2," 2 Aug. 2019 In the photos, Billie looked ski-slope chic in a hat with sporty sunglasses and a sweater, all from Stella’s ode to The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Is Showing Off Her Pearly Whites For a Partnership With Stella McCartney and Omaze," 1 Aug. 2019 But with a closer look, Juicy’s is really a colorful ode to, ahem, the derriére. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Normani Debuts Nostalgia-Filled New Video 'Motivation'," 16 Aug. 2019 This elegant pop ballad would become one of his most enduring moments, a beautifully innocent ode to young love, the song hit No. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 1969: Staff Picks," 14 Aug. 2019 Fall, the first restaurateur repped by Jay-Z's Roc Nation, says that Mixtape is a mash-up of his love of music and food and an ode to his Los Angeles upbringing. Lesley Balla, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jaden Smith, Quincy Jones, Robin Thicke Collaborate on New Mixtape Restaurant," 7 Aug. 2019 The road to the bustling little city of San Pedro Soloma passes a gas station with a statue of a young boy striding forward with a small backpack—an ode to the unknown migrant. Natalie Keyssar, National Geographic, "How this quiet region in Guatemala became the epicenter of migration," 26 July 2019 David Melly for Citius Mag: A Pride Month ode to Nikki Hiltz and Therese Haiss. oregonlive.com, "Caster Semenya brings a healthy dose of drama to the Pre Classic: Oregon track & field rundown," 19 June 2019

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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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