noun, often capitalized \ə-ˈlim-pē-ˌad, ō-\

Definition of OLYMPIAD

:  one of the 4-year intervals between Olympic Games by which time was reckoned in ancient Greece
:  a quadrennial celebration of the modern Olympic Games; also :  a competition or series of competitions resembling an olympiad especially in variety or challenge

Origin of OLYMPIAD

Middle English Olympias, from Latin Olympiad-, Olympias, from Greek, from Olympia, site of ancient Olympic Games
First Known Use: 14th century


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