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1. An interval of four years between celebrations of the Olympic Games, by which the ancient Greeks reckoned dates.
2. Sports A celebration of the modern Olympic Games.

[Back-formation from Middle English Olympiades, Olympiads, from Latin Olympias, Olympiad-, Olympiad, from Greek Olumpias, Olumpiad-, from Olumpia, Olympia, Greece, site of the Olympic Games.]


1. (General Sporting Terms) a staging of the modern Olympic Games
2. (Historical Terms) the four-year period between consecutive celebrations of the Olympic Games; a unit of ancient Greek chronology dating back to 776 bc
3. (General Sporting Terms) an international contest in chess, bridge, etc


(əˈlɪm piˌæd, oʊˈlɪm-)

n. (often l.c.)
1. a period of four years reckoned from one celebration of the Olympic Games to the next, by which the Greeks computed time from 776 B.C.
a. a celebration of the modern Olympic Games.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Olympias < Greek Olympiás. See Olympia, -ad1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Olympiad - one of the four-year intervals between Olympic GamesOlympiad - one of the four-year intervals between Olympic Games; used to reckon time in ancient Greece for twelve centuries beginning in 776 BC
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
2.Olympiad - the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected countryOlympiad - the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country
athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics - a contest between athletes
Winter Olympic Games, Winter Olympics - an Olympics for winter sports


ʊˈlɪmpɪæd] Nolimpíada f


nOlympiade f
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The noble and free citizens of Epidaphne being, as they declare, well satisfied of the faith, valor, wisdom, and divinity of their king, and having, moreover, been eye-witnesses of his late superhuman agility, do think it no more than their duty to invest his brows (in addition to the poetic crown) with the wreath of victory in the footrace -- a wreath which it is evident he must obtain at the celebration of the next Olympiad, and which, therefore, they now give him in advance.
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