Definitions for iliadˈɪl i əd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Il•i•adˈɪl i əd(n.)
(italics) a Greek epic poem describing the siege of Troy, ascribed to Homer.
(often l.c.) a long series of woes and travails.
Origin of Iliad:
< L Iliad-, s. of Ilias < Gk, =Ili(on) Troy +-as -ad1
a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy
A famous ancient Greek epic poem about the Trojan War, attributed to Homer.
Any long tragic story.
Origin: From Ἰλιάς, the poem about Ἴλιον, an alternate name for Troy.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the great epic poem of Homer, consisting of 24 books, the subject of which is the "wrath of Achilles" (q. v.), and the events which followed during the last year of the ten years' Trojan War, so called from Ilion, one of the names of Troy. See Ilium.