- a hall, theater, or other structure for musical or dramatic performances.
- (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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Examples from the Web for odeum
It was jestingly said that the model for the Odeum was from his own head.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The odeum was much smaller than the theatre, and it was roofed over.
The Odeum of Pericles was built in imitation of the tent of Xerxes.
In its general form and arrangements the odeum was very similar to the theatre.
The Odeum of Regilla stands at the foot of the rock of the Acropolis.Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. I of II)
- (esp in ancient Greece and Rome) a building for musical performancesAlso called: odeon
C17: from Latin, from Greek ōideion, from ōidē ode
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Word Origin and History for odeum
"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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