Share this entry

Share this page

rhapsode

Line breaks: rhap|sode
Pronunciation: /ˈrapsəʊd
 
/

Definition of rhapsode in English:

noun

A person who recites epic poems, especially one of a group in ancient Greece whose profession it was to recite the Homeric poems.
Example sentences
  • These cyclic epics were obviously later than the Homeric poems, and from a time when oral composition had ceased and public performance was by rhapsodes, not traditional bards.
  • The virtuoso/composer, that nineteenth-century hybrid or monster, reappears in chapter four in the guise of Homer the rhapsode as he was resurrected by Romantic philologists.
  • And anyway, we know that the Alexandrian editors consulted rhapsodes on matters of pronunciation, so they may well have consulted rhapsodes on the issue of the division.

Origin

from Greek rhapsōidos, from rhapsōidia (see rhapsody).

Definition of rhapsode in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
verb
bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…