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ode

[ohd] /oʊd/
noun
1.
a lyric poem typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion.
2.
(originally) a poem intended to be sung.
Origin of ode
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French < Late Latin ōda < Greek ōidḗ, contraction of aoidḗ song, derivative of aeídein to sing
Can be confused
ode, owed.

-ode1

1.
a suffix of nouns, appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “like”; used in the formation of compound words:
phyllode.
Compare -oid.
Origin
< Greek -ōdēs, probably generalized from adjectives describing smells, as kēṓdēs smelling like incense; base ōd- of ózein to smell, give off odor

-ode2

1.
a combining form meaning “way,” “road,” used in the formation of compound words:
anode; electrode.
Origin
< Greek -odos, combining form of hodós
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  • The practical result of the ode was a pension of 200 a year conferred on him by Queen Anne.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • You have given new beauties to the charming ode which you have transmitted to me.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Poor Collins' ode to the Passions, on and off the stage, is torn to very tatters.

  • And do you think that the ode is a good composition, and true?

    Protagoras Plato
  • "I'll write an ode for you upon any subject that you may set me," I challenged him.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for ode

ode

/əʊd/
noun
1.
a lyric poem, typically addressed to a particular subject, with lines of varying lengths and complex rhythms See also Horatian ode, Pindaric ode
2.
(formerly) a poem meant to be sung
Word Origin
C16: via French from Late Latin ōda, from Greek ōidē, from aeidein to sing

-ode1

combining form
1.
denoting resemblance: nematode
Word Origin
from Greek -ōdēs, from eidos shape, form

-ode2

combining form
1.
denoting a path or way: electrode
Word Origin
from Greek -odos, from hodos a way
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Word Origin and History for ode
n.

1580s, from Middle French ode (c.1500), from Late Latin ode "lyric song," from Greek oide, Attic contraction of aoide "song, ode;" related to aeidein (Attic aidein) "to sing;" aoidos (Attic oidos) "a singer, singing;" aude "voice, tone, sound," probably from a PIE *e-weid-, perhaps from root *wed- "to speak." In classical use, "a poem intended to be sung;" in modern use usually a rhymed lyric, often an address, usually dignified, rarely extending to 150 lines. Related: Odic.

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ode in Medicine

-ode suff.
Way; path: electrode.

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ode in Culture

ode definition


A kind of poem devoted to the praise of a person, animal, or thing. An ode is usually written in an elevated style and often expresses deep feeling. An example is “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” by John Keats.

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