- 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
- a suffix of nouns, appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “like”; used in the formation of compound words: phyllode.
Origin of -ode1
- a combining form meaning “way,” “road,” used in the formation of compound words: anode; electrode.
Origin of -ode2
Examples from the Web for ode
This music video is an ode to his one true love, complete with romantic rides on horseback.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
December 7, 2014
“The Ladies Who Lunch,” an ode to jaded Manhattanites, stubbornness, and vodka stingers, became one of her two signature songs.Elaine Stritch Pinched My Butt and Changed My Life
July 17, 2014
Even before that ode to Jewish angst and masturbation hit the bookstores in 1969, Roth was a Yaddo veteran.The Climax of ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’
May 14, 2014
Similarly, Rep. Franks started off his A9 appearance with an ode to “human respect” and “true tolerance.”The Hedonistic, Possibly Holocaust-Denying Sect That’s Hoodwinking Republican Congressmen
April 19, 2014
His one previous musical, the 1996 film Everyone Says I Love You, is an ode to the pleasures of old-Hollywood escapism.Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Musical and the Moral Responsibility of an Artist
April 10, 2014
The practical result of the Ode was a pension of 200 a year conferred on him by Queen Anne.Handel
Edward J. Dent
You have given new beauties to the charming Ode which you have transmitted to me.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Poor Collins' Ode to the Passions, on and off the stage, is torn to very tatters.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
And do you think that the ode is a good composition, and true?Protagoras
"I'll write an ode for you upon any subject that you may set me," I challenged him.The Strolling Saint
- denoting resemblancenematode
- denoting a path or wayelectrode
Word Origin and History for ode
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.
- Way; path:electrode.