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olympiad

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noun olym·pi·ad \ə-ˈlim-pē-ˌad, ō-\

Definition of olympiad

  1. 1 :  one of the 4-year intervals between Olympic Games by which time was reckoned in ancient Greece

  2. 2 :  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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