November 22, 2011
- ode (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a lyric poem that expresses a noble feeling with dignity
- How do you use it?
- Maggie's father asked her if she would read her ode to Thanksgiving to the family before Thanksgiving dinner.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Ode" comes from the Greek word "aeidein" (also spelled "aidein"). What do you think "aeidein" means?The earliest Greek odes were actually songs, and they were often accompanied by a dance. An ode written today doesn't have to inspire you to sing. The singing present in "aeidein" is also missing from two other words descended from that Greek root: "comedy," one meaning of which is "a light amusing play with a happy ending," and "tragedy," one meaning of which is "a serious drama with a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion." Another "aeidein" word has a more apparent connection to the Greek word: one meaning of "melody" is "a series of musical tones arranged to give a pleasing effect."