What does Odyssey mean?

Definitions for Odysseyˈɒd ə si

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. odyssey(noun)

    a long wandering and eventful journey

  2. Odyssey(noun)

    a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy


  1. odyssey(Noun)

    An extended adventurous voyage

  2. odyssey(Noun)

    An intellectual or spiritual quest

  3. Odyssey(ProperNoun)

    An epic poem, ascribed to Homer, that describes the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy.

  4. Origin: From Ὀδυσσεία.


  1. Odyssey

    The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. It is believed to have been composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia. The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres or Proci, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage. It continues to be read in the Homeric Greek and translated into modern languages around the world. Many scholars believe that the original poem was composed in an oral tradition by an aoidos, perhaps a rhapsode, and was more likely intended to be heard than read. The details of the ancient oral performance, and the story's conversion to a written work inspire continual debate among scholars. The Odyssey was written in a poetic dialect of Greek—a literary amalgam of Aeolic Greek, Ionic Greek, and other Ancient Greek dialects—and comprises 12,110 lines of dactylic hexameter. Among the most noteworthy elements of the text are its non-linear plot, and the influence on events of choices made by women and serfs, besides the actions of fighting men. In the English language as well as many others, the word odyssey has come to refer to an epic voyage.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Odyssey

    od′is-si, n. a Greek epic poem, ascribed to Homer, describing the return of the Greeks from the Trojan war, and esp. of Odysseus (Ulysses) to Ithaca after ten years' wanderings.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Odyssey

    an epic poem by Homer relating the ten years' wanderings of Ulysses (Odysseus) after the fall of Troy, and his return at the end of them to his native kingdom of Ithaca. See Ulysses.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Odyssey in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Odyssey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Volodymyr Knyr:

    During any Odyssey follow the theodicy.

  2. Homer, The Odyssey:

    Of all things that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man. Taken from the Odyssey.

  3. Robert Browning:

    You can take us out of Arcadia, but you cannot take Arcadia out of us." Nicholas D. Kokonis, psychologist and author of Arcadia, My Arcadia and Out of Arcadia: The American Odyssey of Angelo Vlahos

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