Share this entry

Odyssey Syllabification: Od·ys·sey
Pronunciation: /ˈädəsē/

Definition of Odyssey in English:

1A Greek epic poem traditionally ascribed to Homer, describing the travels of Odysseus during his ten years of wandering after the fall of Troy. He eventually returned home to Ithaca and killed the suitors who had plagued his wife Penelope during his absence.
1.1 (odyssey) A long and eventful or adventurous journey or experience: his odyssey from military man to politician
More example sentences
  • The book has been criticized for being outlandish but its appeal lies in its strong narrative voice and its Odyssean story line.
  • This talented photographer made an Odyssean journey from his home in California to photograph Britain's stables out of personal interest.
  • Anderson cuts back the distracting noises and crumbling static to reveal a stark paean about Odyssean fortitude.
journey, voyage, trek, travels, quest, crusade, pilgrimage, wandering, journeying
archaic peregrination



Pronunciation: /əˈdisēən/

Definition of Odyssey in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day exemplum
Pronunciation: ɪɡˈzɛmpləm
an example or model...