plural noun

Para·​lym·​pics ˌper-ə-ˈlim-piks How to pronounce Paralympics (audio)
: a series of international contests for athletes with disabilities that are associated with and held following the summer and winter Olympic Games

called also Paralympic Games

Paralympian noun
Paralympic adjective

Examples of Paralympics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both of his legs were shredded; 23 surgeries later, Ha competed for his country in rowing at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2024 The hosts brought along examples of the gold medals that will be handed out at both the Olympics and Paralympics, each of which has a tiny piece of the Eiffel Tower embedded in them. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 13 Mar. 2024 Watch the Paris Olympics and Paralympics this summer on NBC and Peacock. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024 The tower features prominently in this summer’s Paris Games and Paralympics. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The tower will feature prominently in the July 26-Aug. 11 Paris Games and the following Paralympics. Nicolas Garriga, Quartz, 21 Feb. 2024 The Paralympics medal, meanwhile, is decorated with a graphical representation of the Eiffel Tower, as if viewed from below. Oscar Holland, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 Announcing the British Olympian deal on Feb. 12, Team Great Britain and Paralympics Great Britain said having TikTok as an official partner would help their athletes to connect with new audiences and grow their fanbase. Sheila Dang and David Shepardson, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Feb. 2024 Athletes who win medals at the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Paris won’t just win gold, silver or bronze. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History


para(plegic) + (O)lympics, later interpreted as para- entry 1 in sense "alongside of" + (O)lympics

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Paralympics was in 1953

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Cite this Entry

“Paralympics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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