[oh-dee-uh m]

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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Historical Examples of odeum

  • It was jestingly said that the model for the Odeum was from his own head.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The odeum was much smaller than the theatre, and it was roofed over.

  • The Odeum of Pericles was built in imitation of the tent of Xerxes.

  • In its general form and arrangements the odeum was very similar to the theatre.

  • The Odeum of Regilla stands at the foot of the rock of the Acropolis.

British Dictionary definitions for odeum


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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