odeum

[ oh-dee-uh m ]
/ oʊˈdi əm /
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noun, plural o·de·a [oh-dee-uh] /oʊˈdi ə/.

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 odea

  • There were odea also in Rome; one was built by Domitian, and a second by Trajan.

British Dictionary definitions for odea (1 of 2)

odea

/ (ˈəʊdɪə) /

noun

the plural of odeum

British Dictionary definitions for odea (2 of 2)

odeum

/ (ˈəʊdɪəm) /

noun plural odea (ˈəʊdɪə)

(esp in ancient Greece and Rome) a building for musical performancesAlso called: odeon

Word Origin for odeum

C17: from Latin, from Greek ōideion, from ōidē ode
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Word Origin and History for odea

odeum


n.

"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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