Pronunciation: (ep'ik),[key] —adj.Also,ep'i•cal. 1. noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style: Homer's Iliad is an epic poem. 2. resembling or suggesting such poetry: an epic novel on the founding of the country. 3. heroic; majestic; impressively great: the epic events of the war. 4. of unusually great size or extent: a crime wave of epic proportions.
—n. 1. an epic poem.
2. epic poetry.
3. any composition resembling an epic.
4. something worthy to form the subject of an epic: The defense of the Alamo is an American epic. 5. (cap.) Also called Old Ionic. the Greek dialect represented in the Iliad and the Odyssey, apparently Aeolic modified by Ionic.