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Meaning of OLYMPIAD

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country
  2. [n]  one of the 4-year intervals between Olympic Games; used to reckon time in ancient Greece for twelve centuries beginning in 776 BC

OLYMPIAD is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: Olympic Games, Olympics
 See Also: athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics, period, period of time, time period, Winter Olympic Games, Winter Olympics



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O*lym"pi*ad\, n.
    The quadrennial celebration of the modern Olympic games; as,
    the first Olympiad (1906).
  2. \O*lym"pi*ad\ ([-o]*l[i^]m"p[i^]*[a^]d), n. [L.
    olympias, -adis, Gr. 'olympia`s, -a`dos, fr. 'O`lympos
    Olympus, a mountain in Macedonia: cf. F. olympiade.] (Greek
    A period of four years, by which the ancient Greeks reckoned
    time, being the interval from one celebration of the Olympic
    games to another, beginning with the victory of Cor[oe]bus in
    the foot race, which took place in the year 776 b.c.; as, the
    era of the olympiads.