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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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