\ 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

My friend Alanna wrote a lovely book, The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater, which is basically an ode to the life-changing magic of knitting. Talia Abbas, SELF, "11 Wellness Things Our Editors Tried and Loved This Month," 1 Feb. 2019 The flagship’s aesthetic is an ode to the modernist character of Japan, where Bottega Veneta has considerable clientele. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Bottega Veneta Just Opened Their Futuristic Six-Story Tokyo Flagship," 8 Dec. 2018 More than any other stealth game series, Io Interactive's stealth murder simulator is an ode to options. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style," 16 Nov. 2018 The gleaming white structure is an ode to Buddha's purity, as well as samsara—the cycle of birth, existence, and death—according to Atlas Obscura. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Beautiful Sacred Sites Around the World," 29 Mar. 2018 Twitter is convinced the song is an ode to Grande's ex-boyfriend, the late Mac Miller, and the evidence holds up. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's New Song Is Probably About Mac Miller, and People Are Emotional," 14 Dec. 2018 In the past few weeks, the actress has worn over ten different suits as an ode to her film's character Emily. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Likes Her Suits, Doesn't Understand the Fuss Over Them," 19 Sep. 2018 Two years ago, as an ode to retiring Indiana racing legend Tony Stewart, IMS built a 3/16-mile dirt track oval in Turn 3 in honor of Stewart's final race at IMS, the Brickyard 400. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "$15,000 USAC midget race, named for Bryan Clauson, kicks off NASCAR Brickyard 400," 26 June 2018 One of the desserts is an ode to chef Michel Richard’s famed chocolate bar. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Where to eat for Arizona Restaurant Week? Best places to go in Phoenix May 18-27," 16 May 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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