odyssey

noun od·ys·sey \ ˈä-də-sē \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of odyssey

plural odysseys
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

  1. The story is about the emotional odyssey experienced by a teenage girl.

  2. the spiritual odyssey of the deeply religious

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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


ODYSSEY Defined for English Language Learners

odyssey

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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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