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.


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

Latin ōdēum, from Greek ōideion, from aoidē, ōidē, song; see ode.



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  • This is the source of the name Odeon (Odéon), which was given to major theaters in Paris, Vienna, and other European capitals.

    Not to be confused with odium!

    January 1, 2011

  • “The rain, which had already grown fitful, did not truly cease; but for a very short time the light of the waning moon (high overhead and, though hardly more than half full, very bright) fell upon the giant's courtyard just as the light from one of the largest luminaries in the odeum in the oneiric level of the House Absolute used to fall upon the stage.”

    —Gene Wolfe, The Sword of the Lictor

    January 1, 2011