noun, plural Od·ys·seys 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 formsOd·ys·se·an, adjective
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Historical Examples of odyssean

  • Yet how will it dilate on the Odyssean smell of hemp and tar!

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks

  • Impressive, indeed, and yethow many really thrill and smile over the Odyssean tale?

  • We find no stronger mark of change than in the Odyssean house, if that be changed, which we show reason to doubt.

  • The alleged distinction of early Iliadic grammar, late Odyssean grammar, in that case vanishes.

  • But he does not carry these discoveries so far as to make the late grammar no less Iliadic than Odyssean.

British Dictionary definitions for odyssean



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 FormsOdyssean (ˌɒdɪˈsiːən), adjective
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Word Origin and History for odyssean



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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