From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ode \Ode\ ([=o]d), n. [F., fr. L. ode, oda, Gr. 'w,dh` a song,
   especially a lyric song, contr. fr. 'aoidh`, fr. 'aei`dein to
   sing; cf. Skr. vad to speak, sing. Cf. Comedy, Melody,
   A short poetical composition proper to be set to music or
   sung; a lyric poem; esp., now, a poem characterized by
   sustained noble sentiment and appropriate dignity of style.
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         Hangs odes upon hawthorns and elegies on brambles.
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         O! run; prevent them with thy humble ode,
         And lay it lowly at his blessed feet.    --Milton.
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   Ode factor, one who makes, or who traffics in, odes; --
      used contemptuously.
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