[ oh-dee-uh m ]
/ oʊˈdi əm /

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.

Nearby words

  1. odessa,
  2. odets,
  3. odets, clifford,
  4. odetta,
  5. odette,
  6. odi,
  7. odia,
  8. odic,
  9. odiferous,
  10. odin

Origin of odeum

1595–1605; < ōdēum music hall < Greek ōideîon, equivalent to ōid(ḗ) song, ode + -eion suffix denoting place

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/ (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 odeum



"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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