ode

[ ohd ]
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noun
  1. a lyric poem typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion.

  2. (originally) a poem intended to be sung.

Origin of ode

1
1580–90; <Middle French <Late Latin ōda<Greek ōidḗ, contraction of aoidḗ song, derivative of aeídein to sing

Words that may be confused with ode

Other definitions for -ode (2 of 3)

-ode1

  1. a suffix of nouns, appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “like”; used in the formation of compound words: phyllode.

Origin of -ode

2
<Greek -ōdēs, probably generalized from adjectives describing smells, as kēṓdēs smelling like incense; base ōd- of ózein to smell, give off odor

Other definitions for -ode (3 of 3)

-ode2

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

Origin of -ode

3
<Greek -odos, combining form of hodós

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How to use ode in a sentence

  • Fragments of a few early odes not contained in the Shi-King remain, but such fragments are not numerous.

    Chinese Poems | Various
  • But many more odes than those in the Shi-King existed at the dawn of Chinese literature.

    Chinese Poems | Various

British Dictionary definitions for ode (1 of 3)

ode

/ (əʊd) /


noun
  1. a lyric poem, typically addressed to a particular subject, with lines of varying lengths and complex rhythms: See also Horatian ode, Pindaric ode

  2. (formerly) a poem meant to be sung

Origin of ode

1
C16: via French from Late Latin ōda, from Greek ōidē, from aeidein to sing

British Dictionary definitions for -ode (2 of 3)

-ode1

n combining form
  1. denoting resemblance: nematode

Origin of -ode

2
from Greek -ōdēs, from eidos shape, form

British Dictionary definitions for -ode (3 of 3)

-ode2

n combining form
  1. denoting a path or way: electrode

Origin of -ode

3
from Greek -odos, from hodos a way

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Cultural 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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