from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ode for one voice or actor, as in Greek drama.
- n. A poem in which the poet or speaker mourns another's death.
- n. Music A style of composition dominated by a single melodic line.
- n. Music A style of composition having a single melodic line; monophony.
- n. Music A composition in either of these styles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ode, as in Greek drama, for a single voice, often specifically a mournful song or dirge.
- n. Any poem mourning the death of someone; an elegy.
- n. A monotonous or mournful noise.
- n. A composition having a single melodic line.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of poem of a mournful character, in which a single mourner expresses lamentation; a song for one voice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music:
- n. A style of composition in which one voice-part decidedly preponderates in interest over the others; homophony: opposed to polyphony, in which all the voice-parts are equally important.
- n. A piece written in monodic style; a melody, tune, or air, usually for the voice.
- n. A composition written in one part only; a solo. Also monophony.
- n. Monotonous sound; monotonousness of sound.
- n. A poem in which grief for the death of the subject of the poem is expressed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. music consisting of a single vocal part (usually with accompaniment)
Late Latin monōdia, from Greek monōidiā : mono-, mono- + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin monodia, from Ancient Greek μονῳδία. (Wiktionary)