Definitions for olympiadəˈlɪm piˌæd, oʊˈlɪm-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

O•lym•pi•ad*əˈlɪm piˌæd, oʊˈlɪm-(n.)

  1. a period of four years reckoned from one celebration of the Olympic Games to the next, by which the Greeks computed time from 776 b .c .

    Category: Antiquities

  2. a celebration of the modern Olympic Games.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: Olympic Games (def. 2). 2

* (often l.c.).

Origin of Olympiad:

1350–1400; ME < L Olympias < Gk Olympiás. See Olympia , -ad1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Olympiad(noun)

    one of the four-year intervals between Olympic Games; used to reckon time in ancient Greece for twelve centuries beginning in 776 BC

  2. Olympic Games, Olympics, Olympiad(noun)

    the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country

Wiktionary

  1. olympiad(Noun)

    A period of four years, by which the ancient Greeks reckoned time, being the interval from one celebration of the Olympic games to another, beginning with the victory of Corbus in the foot race, which took place in the year 776 b.c.; as, the era of the olympiads.

Freebase

  1. Olympiad

    An Olympiad is a period of four years associated with the Olympic Games of the Ancient Greeks. During the Hellenistic period, beginning with Ephorus, it was used as a calendar epoch. By this reckoning, the first Olympiad lasted from the summer of 776 BC to that of 772 BC. By extrapolation to the Gregorian calendar, the 4th year of the 698th Olympiad begins in mid-2013. A modern Olympiad refers to a four-year period beginning January 1 of a year in which the Summer Olympics are due to occur. The first modern Olympiad began in 1896, the second in 1900, and so on.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Olympiad

    a name given to the period of four years between one celebration of the Olympic Games and another, the first recorded dating from July 776 B.C.

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