noun (plural -dies) Etymology: Medieval Latin monodia, from Greek monōidia, from monōidos singing alone, from mon- + aeidein to sing — more at ode Date: circa 1623 1. an ode sung by one voice (as in a Greek tragedy) 2. an elegy or dirge performed by one person 3. a. a monophonic vocal piece b. the monophonic style of 17th century opera • monodic or monodical adjective

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  • Monody — Mon o*dy, n.; pl. {Monodies}. [L. monodia, Gr. ?, fr. ? singing alone; mo nos single + ? song: cf. F. monodie. See {Ode}.] A species of poem of a mournful character, in which a single mourner expresses lamentation; a song for one voice. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monody — [män′ə dē] n. pl. monodies [LL monodia < Gr monōidia < monōidos, singing alone < monos, alone (see MONO ) + aeidein, to sing: see ODE] 1. in ancient Greek literature, an ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lyric solo, generally… …   English World dictionary

  • Monody — For the band of the same name, see Monody (band). Caccini, Le Nuove musiche, 1601, title page In poetry, the term monody has become specialized to refer to a poem in which one person laments another s death. (In the context of ancient Greek… …   Wikipedia

  • monody — monodist /mon euh dist/, n. /mon euh dee/, n., pl. monodies. 1. a Greek ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lament. 2. a poem in which the poet or speaker laments another s death; threnody. 3. Music. a. a style of composition in which… …   Universalium

  • monody — monodia лат., ит. [моноди/а] monodie, Monodie фр., нем. [моноди/] monody англ. [мэ/нэди] монодия …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • monody — mon•o•dy [[t]ˈmɒn ə di[/t]] n. pl. dies 1) pro mad a Greek ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lament 2) pro mad a poem in which the poet or speaker laments another s death 3) mad a) a musical style in which one melody predominates;… …   From formal English to slang

  • monody — noun /ˈmɒnədi/ a) An ode, as in Greek drama, for a single voice, often specifically a mournful song or dirge. b) Any poem mourning the death of someone; an …   Wiktionary

  • monody — Synonyms and related words: English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, accord, accordance, alba, anacreontic, attune, attunement, balada, ballad, ballade, bucolic, canso,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • monody — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. dirge, chant, lament; see cry 3 , song …   English dictionary for students

  • monody — mÉ‘nÉ™dɪ / mÉ’ n. sorrowful song, dirge (Music) …   English contemporary dictionary

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