Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (ō-dē′əm, ō′dē-)
n. pl. o·de·a (ō-dē′ə, ō′dē-ə)
1. A small building of ancient Greece and Rome used for public performances of music and poetry.
2. A contemporary theater or concert hall.

[Latin ōdēum, from Greek ōideion, from aoidē, ōidē, song; see ode.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


n, pl odea (ˈəʊdɪə)
(Architecture) (esp in ancient Greece and Rome) a building for musical performances. Also called: odeon
[C17: from Latin, from Greek ōideion, from ōidē ode]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(oʊˈdi əm)

n., pl. o•de•a (oʊˈdi ə)
1. Also, o•de•on (ˈoʊ diˌɒn) a theater or music hall.
2. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a roofed building for musical performances.
[1595–1605; < Latin ōdēum < Greek ōideîon=ōid(ḗ) song, ode + -eion suffix denoting a place]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
East Greenwich, RI, August 20, 2017 --(PR.com)-- Back by popular demand, Doug Woolverton Music is pleased to announce his originally produced live performance, "A Tribute to Miles Davis" is coming this September 16, 2017 to The Odeum Theatre, 59 Main Steet in East Greenwich, RI at 8 pm.
* Odeum Farms in Australia It is preparing to export brussel sprouts to Japan and South Korea for the first time this spring and summer.
March 13 at the Odeum in the Rubin Campus Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
But he did not yearn for the city, nor did he care to be reminded of it in grotesque mimicry in some provincial odeum. In the fifteen years since coming back he had loved two women, then gave up on love.
Shahid draws attention to what he calls "crucial evidence" (ibid.) of an Odeion / odeum in Ghassanland, namely, a verse in the poetry of Hassan ibn Thabit in which the poet says that, after drinking wine in the tavern, he would listen to song in buyut al-rukham ('marble mansions').
Inside, a packed dirt ring was surrounded by about 10-15 rows of tiered, blue-plastic seats, a small version of a Greek odeum. Around the upper perimeter of the arena was a wide walkway with a bar and take-away food stands in two of the corners.
The stable's Odeum was second to Bula in a division of the Gloucestershire (now Supreme Novices') Hurdle in 1970, and the following year the trainer won the Jack of Newbury Chase with Stradi-varius, nine races in six months with Bangkok (including the first of two Haldon Gold Cups) and the Black & White Hurdle with New Member.
6) and IG I[I.sup.2] 1718; IG I[I.sup.2] 1719 was found ad viam Lysikratis, ubi olim odeum Periclis erat (on the slope above the Odeion of Perikles, where it presumably fell while being carted off to the Acropolis from the southeast; see Kastriotis 1914, pp.
The Carthaginian theatre receives no attention from Sandy 1997: 10, Harrison 2000: 122-125, or Hunink 2001:180-183, though Hunink (2001:183) notes that Apuleius' references to a roof and ceiling concern features within, not over, the theatre; his suggestion that the Carthaginian Odeum might be the site of the speech overlooks the point that this was a third-century structure.
Se o olhar de Lery, como odeum colecionador, qualifica o Novo Mundo, o de Antonil, como o de um consumidor, prioriza a quantificacao, permitindo-nos fazer o claro contraste entre uma enumeracao utilitaria e outra economica, a primeira destinada a uma apreensao empirica e a segunda voltada para um projeto de exploracao, a primeira ligada ao "valor de uso" e a segunda ao "valor de troca."