the odyssey

Cultural Dictionary

The Odyssey definition

An ancient Greek epic by Homer that recounts the adventures of Odysseus during his return from the war in Troy to his home in the Greek island of Ithaca. (See Odysseus and Troy under “Mythology and Folklore”; see also Penelope, Circe, and Cyclops.)

Note: Figuratively, an “odyssey” is any difficult, prolonged journey.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Previous Definition: the occult
Next Definition: the old
Words Near: the odyssey
More from
Synonyms and Antonyms for the odyssey
More from
Search for articles containing the odyssey
More from Translator Word FAQs presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature