\ 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 -ode (audio) \ noun

Examples of ode in a Sentence

Noun This poem is titled, “An Ode to My Mother.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The club's crest is a mix of the Turkish and Bavarian flags and is an ode to the club's founding fathers -- Turkish immigrants, for whom Bavaria was home, and who established Türkgücü in 1975. Aleks Klosok, CNN, "Türkgücü Munich: Targeted by far right group, football club founded by Turkish immigrants looks to connect cultures," 1 Apr. 2021 Two navy leather Barcelona chairs are an ode to the mid-century modern era. BostonGlobe.com, "How they brought a 1970s deck house back to its mid-century modern-style glory," 26 Mar. 2021 Renee agrees and said celebrating her first Passover as a Jew in 2021 will be an ode to her ancestors, and hopes her faith will be an embodiment of the people who came before her. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "Ahead of Passover, these Louisvillians explain why they converted to Judaism later in life," 25 Mar. 2021 Their son's middle name is believed to be an ode to Zara's grandfather Prince Philip, and Mike's father, who shares the same name. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen's Granddaughter Zara Tindall Welcomes Her Third Child, Lucas Philip Tindall," 24 Mar. 2021 The Central Saint Martins graduate called their final collection Butch as an ode to their reinterpretation of nonconformist gender clothing, marginalized butch identities and visibility. Alex Kessler, Vogue, "Meet 5 Young Designers Working Outside the Gender Binary," 23 Mar. 2021 The war section is a war movie, a practical ode to the likes of Kubrick, but with none of cynicism toward precisely this approach that copping that auteur’s style should probably demand. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, "‘Cherry’: Tom Holland Feels Stranded in the Russo Brothers’ ‘Great American Movie’," 12 Mar. 2021 As Lomazow himself points out, the exhibition also functions as an ode to the long cultural production of a now-struggling industry. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Magazines Helped Shape American History," 23 Feb. 2021 The March 4 package also featured baked beans, an ode to Bergeron's hometown of Boston, MA. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "Who Is The Taco On 'The Masked Singer'? Fans Now Know Who Is Beneath The Shell," 5 Mar. 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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7 Apr 2021

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“Ode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ode. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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