Definition of ode in English:

ode

noun

  • 1A lyric poem, typically one in the form of an address to a particular subject, written in varied or irregular metre.

    • ‘Like many of her songs, it's an ode to life's simple pleasures.’
    • ‘Catherine hummed and sang a hymn that faded quickly from a cheery ode to a mournful dirge.’
    • ‘In his writing, he can sing an ode to BBQ and Spaghetti Carbonara the way that some folks can write about Michelin Stars.’
    • ‘Nowhere in the play do readership issues come to the fore more strikingly than in the five choral odes.’
    • ‘All these odes to forgotten love, booze and death are sung in the key of extreme melancholy and ring with a heaping amount of honesty.’
    • ‘Gone are the lamentable characters of Marcus' tales, replaced by a straightforward ode to maternal love.’
    • ‘And much the same could be said of the conclusion to the second choral ode.’
    • ‘Yet even to this day well-heeled members of the arts establishment recite odes to the old rogue.’
    • ‘This moving ode is due to be sung tonight at the Frog Hall's final weekend blow out - it's a wake, they insist, not a funeral.’
    • ‘As true sycophants, we sing odes eulogizing rulers, while creative literary minds, great artists are simply ignored.’
    • ‘Now it's Jack Robertson's turn, a beautifully written ode to being Green.’
    • ‘Secondly, Tarn is a master of the experimental romantic ode.’
    • ‘Here are the original words of the song, which is an ode to drinking.’
    • ‘Born in Watford, Herts, Fletcher started writing odes as a pupil at Friern Barnet Grammar, where he produced concerts.’
    • ‘Every song on this record is an ode to some long-distance lost love.’
    • ‘Kipling penned this ode to imperialism as a tribute to the US annexation of the Philippines.’
    • ‘Then take turns reciting your odes to love.’
    • ‘If I could write good poetry I would write an ode to you all.’
    • ‘Dave, bless his warped soul, writes an ode to Neil Diamond that must be read to be believed.’
    poem, piece of poetry, lyric, sonnet, limerick, rhyme, composition, metrical composition, piece of doggerel
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    1. 1.1 A classical poem of a kind originally meant to be sung.
      • ‘Sports books are hardly a new phenomenon - the poet Pindar was writing odes to naked Greek athletes 25 centuries ago.’
      • ‘In Greek drama and in the works of Pindar, odes were sung by a chorus and performed with dance.’
      • ‘Another Milton scholar present announced that while rhyme was no ornament to verse, the return of odes and sonnets was inevitable.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from French, from late Latin oda, from Greek ōidē, Attic form of aoidē ‘song’, from aeidein ‘sing’.

Pronunciation

ode

/əʊd/