Updated: Jul 27, 2019
1. a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune
"I went on an odyssey through space to find all of the stars in our galaxy."
2: an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest
"an odyssey of self-discovery"; "a spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith"
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.
First Known Use of odyssey
1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for odyssey
the Odyssey, epic poem attributed to Homer recounting the long wanderings of Odysseus