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[ od-uh-see ]


, plural Od·ys·seys
  1. (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.
  2. (often lowercase) a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.


/ ˌɒdɪˈsiːən; ˈɒdɪsɪ /


  1. a Greek epic poem, attributed to Homer, describing the ten-year homeward wanderings of Odysseus after the fall of Troy
  2. often not capital any long eventful journey

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Derived Forms

  • Odyssean, adjective

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Other Words From

  • Odys·sean adjective

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Example Sentences

Adams said he rarely saw the half-dozen women who worked there come or go, but when they did, they were being ferried to and from work in a Honda Odyssey van.

Someone stole Robbie Pruitt’s mountain bike off the rack of his Honda Odyssey in September.

A trailer of in-game footage was shown for “Odyssey,” a space adventure game with first-person shooter elements.

As someone who loved “Odyssey” but also lamented the series leaving behind its roots, “Valhalla” hits a sweet spot.

Odyssey does a bit more, with 18 tracked stats to play with.

Declining to use his real name out of fear of reprisal, Ibrahim describes a dark and gruesome odyssey.

The casting of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII is shaping up to be it's own, multi-installment odyssey.

He was bidding a final farewell to the 9/11 nightmare and the odyssey to kill Osama bin Laden.

One refugee remembers the chaos of the day and her long odyssey to freedom.

All the motor skills are gone, so it feels like his personal Odyssey as he struggles over every inch.

The other great Greek poem, the Odyssey, has given us the name of one of its characters for a fairly common English word.

Homer (Odyssey, v. 390) speaks of “the fair-tressed Dawn,” εὐπλόκαμος Ἠώς.

The hero of The Odyssey was, self-confessedly, no tyro, but was himself “in artifice well framed and in imposture various”.

What an Odyssey of adventures he would149 have to relate when he reached home!

Yet the alleged late compiler of the Odyssey, in the seventh century, never wanders thus from the Homeric standard in taste.


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