from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The older of the two surviving ancient Greek epic poems, traditionally ascribed to Homer but containing material composed orally over several centuries. It begins with the wrathful withdrawal of the Greek hero Achilles from the fighting in the Trojan War and ends after his return to slay the Trojan hero Hector.
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- proper n. A famous ancient Greek epic poem about the Trojan War, attributed to Homer.
- proper n. Any long tragic story.
- n. A specific version, edition, translation, or copy of the above-mentioned Homeric text.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A celebrated Greek epic poem, in twenty-four books, on the destruction of Ilium, the ancient Troy. The Iliad is ascribed to Homer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the two great Greek epic poems of prehistoric antiquity (the other being the Odyssey), attributed to Homer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy
From Ancient Greek Ἰλιάς (Ilias), the poem about Ἴλιον (Ilion), an alternate name for Troy. (Wiktionary)