noun, often capitalized
olym·​pi·​ad | \ ə-ˈlim-pē-ˌad How to pronounce olympiad (audio) , ō- \

Definition of olympiad

1 : one of the 4-year intervals between Olympic Games by which time was reckoned in ancient Greece
2 : a quadrennial celebration of the modern Olympic Games also : a competition or series of competitions resembling an olympiad especially in variety or challenge

Examples of olympiad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's when Sneha Mohan and Michael Kim, who now recently finished up the eighth grade, and other Science Olympiads at Daniel Wright, presented the coaches with an offer. Ronnie Wachter, chicagotribune.com, "Science Olympiad team at Daniel Wright Junior High wins second national title after convincing coaches to stay," 9 June 2017 But a calling is a calling, and Ms. Benton answered hers, entering scholarship competitions and arts Olympiads until she was accepted into the acting conservatory at Carnegie Mellon. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Denée Benton, Tony Nominee, Embraces Her Inner Natasha," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of olympiad

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for olympiad

Middle English Olympias, from Latin Olympiad-, Olympias, from Greek, from Olympia, site of ancient Olympic Games

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“Olympiad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olympiad. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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