from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small building of ancient Greece and Rome used for public performances of music and poetry.
- n. A contemporary theater or concert hall.
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- n. Alternative form of odeon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See odeon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anc. Gr. arch., one of a class of buildings akin to theaters, designed primarily for the public performance of musical contests of various kinds.
- n. Hence At the present day, a name sometimes given to a theater, or to a hall or other structure devoted to musical or dramatic representations.
Latin ōdēum, from Greek ōideion, from aoidē, ōidē, song; see ode.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)