Olympiad meaning

ō-lĭmpē-ăd
An interval of four years between celebrations of the Olympic Games, by which the ancient Greeks reckoned dates.
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A celebration of the modern Olympic Games.
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In ancient Greece, any of the four-year periods between Olympic games: used by the Greeks in computing time.
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A celebration of the modern Olympic games.
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Alternative capitalization of Olympiad.
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(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.
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An occurrence of the Olympic games.
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A competition or series of competitions resembling an Olympiad, especially in science.
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Origin of olympiad

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition