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odeum

[oh-dee-uh m]
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noun, plural o·de·a [oh-dee-uh] /oʊˈdi ə/.
  1. a hall, theater, or other structure for musical or dramatic performances.
  2. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a roofed building for musical performances.

Origin of odeum

1595–1605; < ōdēum music hall < Greek ōideîon, equivalent to ōid(ḗ) song, ode + -eion suffix denoting place
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Historical Examples

  • There were odea also in Rome; one was built by Domitian, and a second by Trajan.

    Museum of Antiquity

    L. W. Yaggy


British Dictionary definitions for odea

odea

noun
  1. the plural of odeum

odeum

noun plural odea (ˈəʊdɪə)
  1. (esp in ancient Greece and Rome) a building for musical performancesAlso called: odeon

Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from Greek ōideion, from ōidē ode
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Word Origin and History for odea

odeum

n.

"concert hall," c.1600, from Latin odeum, from Greek odeion, the name of a public building in Athens designed for musical performances, from oide "song" (see ode).

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