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  Dictionary Definition of ode

ode
noun
1. a lyric poem typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion.
2. (originally) a poem intended to be sung.
3. regular or Pindaric ode, a complex poetic type, consisting of strophes and antistrophes identical in form, with contrasting epodes, the three units being repeated in the poem.
4. irregular, pseudo-Pindaric, or Cowleian ode, a poetic form in the general style of the regular ode, but lacking its strict complex form and written in a series of irregular strophes.
5. Horatian or Sapphic ode, an ode in which one stanzaic form is repeated.
[F, from LL oda, from Greek oide, contraction of aoide song]