Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An ode for one voice or actor, as in Greek drama.
  • noun A poem in which the poet or speaker mourns another's death.
  • noun A style of composition dominated by a single melodic line.
  • noun A style of composition having a single melodic line; monophony.
  • noun A composition in either of these styles.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A poem in which grief for the death of the subject of the poem is expressed.
  • noun In music:
  • noun 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.
  • noun A piece written in monodic style; a melody, tune, or air, usually for the voice.
  • noun A composition written in one part only; a solo. Also monophony.
  • noun Monotonous sound; monotonousness of sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A species of poem of a mournful character, in which a single mourner expresses lamentation; a song for one voice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An ode, as in Greek drama, for a single voice, often specifically a mournful song or dirge.
  • noun Any poem mourning the death of someone; an elegy.
  • noun A monotonous or mournful noise.
  • noun music A composition having a single melodic line.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun music consisting of a single vocal part (usually with accompaniment)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin monōdia, from Greek monōidiā : mono-, mono- + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin monodia, from Ancient Greek μονῳδία.

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  • Ha! I kept reading this word as Monday, and then looking at the weirnet definition, then looking back at the word, misreading it again, then back at the definition....

    June 26, 2008

  • Was it a Monody when you did that, jenn?

    June 26, 2008

  • Don't blame yourself. You gave it the full monody.

    June 26, 2008

  • Poetry or music where the poet or instrument laments another person's death.

    September 20, 2009