Definition of odyssey
1 : a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune his odyssey from rural South to urban North, from poverty to affluence, from Afro-American folk culture to a Eurocentric world of books — J. E. Wideman
2 : an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest an odyssey of self-discovery a spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith
Examples of odyssey in a Sentence
The story is about the emotional odyssey experienced by a teenage girl.
the spiritual odyssey of the deeply religious
Recent Examples of odyssey from the Web
At Jacksonville State, Heath was an All-American cornerback before beginning his NFL odyssey that led him to Canada and an all-star season.
The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) experiment in Germany is the culmination of a 70-year-old quest to measure the mass of the neutrino, but the construction of the experiment involved an odyssey of its own.
Port St. Lucie was where this baseball odyssey all began for Tebow last fall, when the Mets brought the former University of Florida football hero and NFL quarterback — who is now a college analyst for ESPN — in for camp.
Somehow, being denied coverage altogether was not the end of Jordan’s odyssey with the insurance company.
Odyssey representatives fan out to explain the microhinge mechanics of their new putting face—this is an idea that makes sense to me, incidentally.
And so what looked like a one-two-three inning turned into a 30-pitch odyssey in which the Cubs scored two runs.
Instead, over the next four years — as her mother fought to get her back — Devani suffered an odyssey of mistreatment in a succession of foster homes.
An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, will be published in September by Knopf.
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Did You Know?
Odysseus, the hero of Homer's Odyssey, spends 20 years traveling home from the Trojan War. He has astonishing adventures and learns a great deal about himself and the world; he even descends to the underworld to talk to the dead. Thus, an odyssey is any long, complicated journey, often a quest for a goal, and may be a spiritual or psychological journey as well as an actual voyage.
Origin and Etymology of odyssey
the Odyssey, epic poem attributed to Homer recounting the long wanderings of Odysseus
First Known Use: 1886See Words from the same year
ODYSSEY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of odyssey for English Language Learners
: a long journey full of adventures
: a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding to someone
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