\ 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 Chicago did execute three sacrifice bunts, an ode to old-school manager Tony LaRussa and a pox to new-age analytics. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 3 June 2021 By the end of this year, every actor in Hollywood will either be in Knives Out 2 or Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s ode to Hollywood. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 2 June 2021 Also coming out this year in the 1858 collection is the Geosphere Limited Edition, an ode to adventurers. Carol Besler, Forbes, 2 June 2021 That idea gets an engrossing treatment in Being Wrong, Kathryn Schulz’s 2010 ode to error. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 28 May 2021 And the setting for such an ode to Texas was none other than the west Texas town of Marfa, which has enjoyed surging levels of interest in the past few decades thanks to its art scene. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 27 May 2021 Kate also viewed the new 2021 exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, which features more than 300 pieces spanning the realms of film, performance, fashion, art, and music that pay ode to the classic story, Alice in Wonderland. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 May 2021 Her outfit of choice — or at least the color — was an ode to LeAnn recently finding out her DNA heritage test. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 17 May 2021 After the third one, Curry offered an ode to Baron Davis. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Ode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ode. Accessed 15 Jun. 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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