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Definition of ode in English:


1A lyric poem, typically one in the form of an address to a particular subject, written in varied or irregular metre.
Example sentences
  • Born in Watford, Herts, Fletcher started writing odes as a pupil at Friern Barnet Grammar, where he produced concerts.
  • Dave, bless his warped soul, writes an ode to Neil Diamond that must be read to be believed.
  • Every song on this record is an ode to some long-distance lost love.
1.1A classical poem of a kind originally meant to be sung.
Example sentences
  • In Greek drama and in the works of Pindar, odes were sung by a chorus and performed with dance.
  • Sports books are hardly a new phenomenon - the poet Pindar was writing odes to naked Greek athletes 25 centuries ago.
  • Another Milton scholar present announced that while rhyme was no ornament to verse, the return of odes and sonnets was inevitable.


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

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