plural noun
Para·​lym·​pics | \ ˌper-ə-ˈlim-piks How to pronounce Paralympics (audio) , ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of Paralympics

: 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

Other Words from Paralympics

Paralympian \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈlim-​pē-​ən How to pronounce Paralympian (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ noun
Paralympic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈlim-​pik How to pronounce Paralympic (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of Paralympics

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Paralympics

paraplegic + Olympics

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