noun, plural Od·ys·seys for 2.
- (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.
- (often lowercase) a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.
- a Greek epic poem, attributed to Homer, describing the ten-year homeward wanderings of Odysseus after the fall of Troy
- (often not capital) any long eventful journey
n.c.1600, “Odyssey,” from Latin Odyssea, from Greek Odysseia, name of the Homeric epic poem of ancient Greece, relating the ten-year wanderings of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, after the Trojan War. Figurative sense of “long, adventurous journey” is first recorded 1889.