Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Homer fl. 850 B.C. Greek epic poet. Two of the greatest works in Western literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey, are attributed to him.
  • Homer, Winslow 1836-1910. American painter known for his realistic seascapes, such as Eight Bells (1886).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Greek poet; author of the Iliad and the Odyssey
  • proper n. A male given name.
  • proper n. A surname.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Ὅμηρος (homēros, "hostage"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, an occupational name for a helmet maker, or a variant of Holme. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "A Reading from Homer," by Alma Tadema, is a well-known picture which portrays the Greeks listening to the _Tales of Homer_.

    A Study of Fairy Tales

  • Homer, and the impression that it made upon him he recorded in his sonnet, _On First Looking into Chapman's Homer_.

    From Chaucer to Tennyson

  • EVANGEL 13, HOMER 0: At Homer, Emily Rousseau tossed a no-hitter and went 3-for-4 at the plate in the win.

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  • I placed it on the counter and when I laid it down I noticed a very nice headshot of Dalton with the name Homer House Productions splashed across it.

    Mama Dearest

  • The Kindle is what we call a Homer-gift in our family.

    A belated Merry Christmas! | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Meanwhile, on the arrival of the news, that the rest of the armies had declared against him, he tore to pieces the letters which were delivered to him at dinner, overthrew the table, and dashed with violence against the ground two favourite cups, which he called Homer's, because some of that poet's verses were cut upon them.

    De vita Caesarum

  • Yet their fame, too, lives till this day, for they fought at the ten years 'siege of Troy: and their story is in the book which we call Homer, in two of the noblest songs on earth -- the

    Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for My Children

  • Fergie explains, Ziering weds, Homer is the #1 Character

    Pink is the New Blog | Everybody's Business Is My Business » 2010 » June » 01

  • Luckily Dora taught her that ayudame means "help me" and that saved many a cupcake from landing in Homer the dog's mouth.

    Baby

  • P.S. Homer is one of my favourites, though I love The Theban Plays.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

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