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[od-uh-see] /ˈɒd ə si/
noun, plural Odysseys for 2.
(italics) an epic poem attributed to Homer, describing Odysseus's adventures in his ten-year attempt to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
(often lowercase) a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.
Related forms
Odyssean, adjective Unabridged
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  • I called him, and begged he would relate to me the Odyssey of his terrible night.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • What an Odyssey of adventures he would149 have to relate when he reached home!

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • The Odyssey is the story of his home-coming, his recovery of his own.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • The greatest scenes of the Iliad and the Odyssey have little to do with myth.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • The Iliad and Odyssey became text-books for the instruction of Greek youth.


    William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for Odyssey


a Greek epic poem, attributed to Homer, describing the ten-year homeward wanderings of Odysseus after the fall of Troy
(often not capital) any long eventful journey
Derived Forms
Odyssean (ˌɒdɪˈsiːən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Odyssey



c.1600, "Odyssey," from Latin Odyssea, from Greek Odysseia, name of the Homeric epic poem of ancient Greece, relating the ten-year wanderings of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, after the Trojan War. Figurative sense of "long, adventurous journey" is first recorded 1889.

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