- (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.
Examples from the Web for odyssey
Dzhugashvili's odyssey through the German camps lasted almost two years.The Last Days of Stalin's Son During WWII
March 4, 2013
The fact that this is all true turns the story from one of intrigue and odyssey into one of anthropological significance as well.This Week’s Hot Reads, Dec. 31, 2012
Nicholas Mancusi, Jimmy So
December 31, 2012
The Odyssey, Beowulf are poems, yes, but with a practical function.Only Six Books: Excerpt From Jeanette Winterson’s New Memoir
March 7, 2012
But how long that lease is good for depends on Odyssey Dawn's success, and to succeed, you need clear goals.7 More Great Reads on Libya
March 26, 2011
Josh Dzieza on the history of naming military operations, from Barbarossa to Blue Spoon, and what Odyssey Dawn really means.Why Is the Libya War Called Operation Odyssey Dawn?
March 22, 2011
I called him, and begged he would relate to me the Odyssey of his terrible night.My Double Life
What an Odyssey of adventures he would149 have to relate when he reached home!Left on the Labrador
The Odyssey is the story of his home-coming, his recovery of his own.
The greatest scenes of the Iliad and the Odyssey have little to do with myth.
The Iliad and Odyssey became text-books for the instruction of Greek youth.Folkways</p>
William Graham Sumner
- 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
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.