Olympic Games

plural noun

: an ancient Panhellenic festival held every fourth year and made up of contests of sports, music, and literature with the victor's prize a crown of wild olive
: a modified revival of the ancient Olympic Games consisting of international athletic contests that are held at separate winter and summer gatherings at four year intervals

called also Olym*pics\ ə-​ˈlim-​piks How to pronounce Olympic Games (audio) , ō-​ \

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Olympic Games was circa 1586

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“Olympic Games.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Olympic%20Games. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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Olympic Games

noun plural
: an ancient Greek festival held every fourth year and made up of contests in sports, music, and literature
: a series of international athletic contests held in a different country during the summer and the winter once every four years

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