- a lyric poem typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion.
- (originally) a poem intended to be sung.
Origin of ode
Examples from the Web for odes
Each time Emma Stone or Mila Kunis have a new movie coming out, a flurry of odes to their “coolness” hit the web.Why Do We Still Hate Gwyneth Paltrow?
May 2, 2013
It may be doubted which are now most popular, the Odes of Collins or of Gray.
Collins is not to publish the odes unless he gets ten guineas for them.
Collins lived thirteen years after the publication of his Odes.
Nay, Cumberland has made his odes subsidiary to the fame of another man.Art in England
Come up after dinner and let us have a chat about that line in the 'Odes' we were speaking about.My New Curate
Word Origin and History for odes
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.