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-​ \

Examples of Olympic Games in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the highlights planned: Ribeiro and Stewart will kick off the event with a special performance, and Johnson East will host a tribute to Team USA in advance of the Summer Olympic Games in Paris. Ted Johnson, Deadline, 18 June 2024 This question looms over last week’s announcement that International Olympic Committee members will soon vote on — and are expected to approve — the creation of the Esports Olympic Games. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2024 The event will also host a Tribute to Team USA, hosted by former Olympian Shawn Johnson East, delivering a send-off to the athletes competing in this year’s Olympic Games in Paris. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 18 June 2024 The reigning Olympic gold medalist enters GST as the world record holder for the 400-meter hurdles entering the Paris Summer Olympic Games. Eric Jackson, Sportico.com, 18 June 2024 As the world eagerly anticipates the Paris Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the Olympic flame’s journey to the city of lights continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Ty Gaskins, WWD, 18 June 2024 If the competition goes according to plan, Wong will be named to the Olympic roster for this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris. Matt Guzman, Kansas City Star, 18 June 2024 For updates on the 2024 Olympic Games and more Black Women in Sports news, head over to Essence.com. Ashley McDonough, Essence, 17 June 2024 Pistorius is a former professional athlete who gained fame as a sprinter in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 4 June 2024

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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 25 Jun. 2024.

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Olympic Games

plural noun
: 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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