Iliad

noun

Il·​i·​ad ˈi-lē-əd How to pronounce Iliad (audio)
-ˌad
1
a
: 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
Iliadic adjective

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Iliad was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Iliad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Iliad. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Iliad

noun
Il·​i·​ad ˈil-ē-əd How to pronounce Iliad (audio)
-ē-ˌad
: an ancient Greek epic poem about the Trojan War that is believed to have been composed by Homer
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