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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
O•lym•pi•ad(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.
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|Noun||1.||Olympiad - one of the four-year intervals between Olympic Games; used to reckon time in ancient Greece for twelve centuries beginning in 776 BC|
|2.||Olympiad - the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country|