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ode

[ ohd ]
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noun

a lyric poem typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion.
(originally) a poem intended to be sung.

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song, rhyme, poesy, verse, lyric, composition, ballad, sonnet, limerick, epode

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Origin of ode

1580–90; < Middle French < Late Latin ōda < Greek ōidḗ, contraction of aoidḗ song, derivative of aeídein to sing
Can be confusedode owed

Definition for ode (2 of 3)

-ode

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 of -ode

1
< Greek -ōdēs, probably generalized from adjectives describing smells, as kēṓdēs smelling like incense; base ōd- of ózein to smell, give off odor

Definition for ode (3 of 3)

-ode

2

a combining form meaning “way,” “road,” used in the formation of compound words: anode; electrode.

Origin of -ode

2
< Greek -odos, combining form of hodós
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British Dictionary definitions for ode (1 of 3)

ode

/ (əʊd) /

noun

a lyric poem, typically addressed to a particular subject, with lines of varying lengths and complex rhythmsSee also Horatian ode, Pindaric ode
(formerly) a poem meant to be sung

Word Origin for ode

C16: via French from Late Latin ōda, from Greek ōidē, from aeidein to sing

British Dictionary definitions for ode (2 of 3)

-ode

1

n combining form

denoting resemblancenematode

Word Origin for -ode

from Greek -ōdēs, from eidos shape, form

British Dictionary definitions for ode (3 of 3)

-ode

2

n combining form

denoting a path or wayelectrode

Word Origin for -ode

from Greek -odos, from hodos a way
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Word Origin and History for ode

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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Medicine definitions for ode

-ode


suff.

Way; path:electrode.
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Culture definitions for ode

ode


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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