[ mon-uh-dee ]
/ ˈmɒn ə di /

noun, plural mon·o·dies.

a Greek ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lament.
a poem in which the poet or speaker laments another's death; threnody.
  1. a style of composition in which one part or melody predominates; homophony, as distinguished from polyphony.
  2. a piece in this style.
  3. monophony(def 1).

Origin of monody

1580–90; < Late Latin monōdia < Greek monōidía a solo, monody, equivalent to monōid(ós) singing alone (see mon-, ode) + -ia -y3

Related forms

mon·o·dist [mon-uh-dist] /ˈmɒn ə dɪst/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monody


/ (ˈmɒnədɪ) /

noun plural -dies

(in Greek tragedy) an ode sung by a single actor
any poem of lament for someone's death
music a style of composition consisting of a single vocal part, usually with accompaniment

Derived Forms

monodic (mɒˈnɒdɪk) or monodical, adjectivemonodically, adverbmonodist, noun

Word Origin for monody

C17: via Late Latin from Greek monōidia, from mono- + aeidein to sing
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