\ 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

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 Osbourne’s three-story dwelling is an ode to the rich history of the Hancock Park neighborhood, which dates back 100 years. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 15 July 2022 Framed as a look back at a father-daughter holiday in the late 1990s, with occasional mini DV footage adding to the period texture, the film is an ode to nostalgia with hints of something far darker. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 12 July 2022 Crafted with premium materials, Diamond Level, is an ode to classic game play and the adult Minecraft fan who grew up with the game. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2022 The collection too was an ode to Abloh's ideas of childhood imagination untainted by society. Samantha Tse, CNN, 1 July 2022 So given the chance to blow back the hair of AGT’s judges and millions of viewers back home, the trio hit an original, an ode to Dolly. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 20 July 2022 The exterior is decorated with narrow ceramic tiles in shades of ochre as an ode to the house’s signature packaging. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 15 July 2022 Eden Roc is an ode to sea air and days spent lounging in the sun. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 July 2022 Most of the products are best-sellers (an ode to how much people love her pots). Melanie Curry, Good Housekeeping, 6 July 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Ode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ode. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of ode

: a lyric poem that expresses a noble feeling with dignity


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