Iliad

noun
Il·​i·​ad | \ ˈi-lē-əd How to pronounce Iliad (audio) , -ˌad \

Definition of Iliad

1a : a series of miseries or disastrous events
b : a series of exploits regarded as suitable for an epic
2 : a long narrative especially : an epic in the Homeric tradition

Other Words from Iliad

Iliadic \ ˌi-​lē-​ˈa-​dik How to pronounce Iliadic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of Iliad

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Iliad

Iliad, ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer, from Latin Iliad-, Ilias, from Greek, from Ilion Troy

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Iliad

Time Traveler for Iliad

Time Traveler

The first known use of Iliad was in 1603

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Iliad

Cite this Entry

“Iliad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Iliad. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

Comments on Iliad

What made you want to look up Iliad? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!