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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.
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Odyssean, adjective Unabridged
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  • In the smaller houses the females occupy the upper story; the place assigned them also, by Homer in the Iliad and Odyssey.

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

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Wherein we may note already a hint of the last Book of the Odyssey.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Ho' mer—the greatest of the Greek poets and author of the "Iliad" and "Odyssey."

  • The rule in both Iliad and Odyssey is that the wooer gives a bride-price to the father of the bride, ethna.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
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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