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əˈlɪm piˌæd, oʊˈlɪm-olympiad

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Olympiadnoun

    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, Olympiadnoun

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


  1. olympiadnoun

    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.


  1. Olympiad

    An olympiad (Greek: Ὀλυμπιάς, Olympiás) is a period of four years, particularly those associated with the ancient and modern Olympic Games. Although the ancient Olympics were established during Greece's Archaic Era, it was not until Hippias that a consistent list was established and not until Ephorus in the Hellenistic period that the first recorded Olympic contest was used as a calendar epoch. Ancient authors agreed that other Olympics had been held before the race won by Coroebus but disagreed on how many; the convention was established to place Coroebus's victory at a time equivalent to the summer of 776 BC in the Gregorian calendar and to treat it as Year 1 of Olympiad 1. Olympiad 2 began with the next games in the summer of 772 BC. Thus, for N less than 195, Olympiad N is reckoned as starting in the year 780 − ( 4 × N ) {\displaystyle 780-(4\times N)} BC and ending four years later. For N greater than or equal to 195, Olympiad N started in AD ( 4 × N ) − 779 {\displaystyle (4\times N)-779} and ended four years later. By extrapolation, the 3rd year of the 700th Olympiad began roughly around 2 August 2023. In reference to the modern Olympics, their Olympiads are four year periods beginning on January 1 of the year of the Summer Games. Thus, the modern Olympiad I began 1 January 1896, Olympiad II began 1 January 1900, and so on. Olympiad XXXII began 1 January 2020. Because the Julian and Gregorian calendars go directly from 1 BC to AD 1, the cycle of modern Olympiads is ahead of the ancient cycle by one year.


  1. olympiad

    An Olympiad is a period of four years between the Olympic Games, or a competition or contest similar to the Olympic Games within an academic, artistic, or scientific sphere. It is also used to refer to the international competitions in some secondary fields of study, such as the International Mathematical Olympiad.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Olympiad

    ō-lim′pi-ad, n. in ancient Greece, a period of four years, being the interval from one celebration of the Olympic games to another, used in reckoning time (the date of the first Olympiad is 776 B.C.).—adjs. Olym′pian, Olym′pic, pertaining to Olympia in Elis, where the Olympic games were celebrated, or to Mount Olympus in Thessaly, the seat of the gods.—n. a dweller in Olympus, one of the twelve greater gods of Greek mythology.—ns.pl. Olym′pics, Olym′pic games, games celebrated every four years at Olympia, dedicated to Olympian Zeus; Olym′pus, the abode of the gods, supposed to have been Mount Olympus in Thessaly. [Gr. olympias, -ados, belonging to Olympia in Elis.]

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Olympiad in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Olympiad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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