- in ancient Greece, any of the four-year periods between Olympic games: used by the Greeks in computing time
- a celebration of the modern Olympic games
Origin of OlympiadFrench olympiade ; from Classical Greek Olympias (gen. Olympiados) ; from Olympia, Olympia (the plain)
- An interval of four years between celebrations of the Olympic Games, by which the ancient Greeks reckoned dates.
- Sports A celebration of the modern Olympic Games.
Origin of OlympiadBack-formation from Middle English Olympiades, Olympiads, from Latin Olympias, Olympiad-, Olympiad, from Greek Olumpias, Olumpiad-, from Olumpia, Olympia, Greece, site of the Olympic Games.
- Alternative capitalization of Olympiad
- (historical) 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 Corbus in the foot race, which took place in the year 776 b.c.; as, the era of the olympiads.
- An occurrence of the Olympic games.
- A competition or series of competitions resembling an Olympiad, especially in science.