olympiad

noun, often capitalized olym·pi·ad \ ə-ˈlim-pē-ˌad , 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

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Origin and Etymology of olympiad

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


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