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Definition of "ode" []

  • A lyric poem of some length, usually of a serious or meditative nature and having an elevated style and formal stanzaic structure. (noun)
  • A choric song of classical Greece, often accompanied by a dance and performed at a public festival or as part of a drama. (noun)
  • A classical Greek poem modeled on the choric ode and usually having a three-part structure consisting of a strophe, an antistrophe, and an epode. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ode" in a sentence
  • "None the less it is safe to say that the concoction of a similar ode by the aid of the trade-mark words invented in the British Isles would be a task of great difficulty on account of the paucity of terms sufficiently artificial to bestow the exotic remoteness which is accountable for the aroma of the American ‘ode’."
  • "In "Crystal Palace" (2002, revised 2011), in what he calls an ode to "digital interlace," he disassembles a landscape of majestic snow-wreathed conifers at Lake Tahoe (and, briefly, a red house) into sharply differentiated parts and visual planes, isolating these elements in a way that brings to mind the individual layers of a paper diorama."
  • "Kittenpie is a classic beauty - the kinds that epic paintings were done in ode to in victorian times."
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