from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A group of modern international athletic contests held as separate winter and summer competitions every four years in a different city. In 1994 the winter games were moved ahead two years so that the winter and summer games would alternate every two years. Also called Olympics.
  • A Pan-Hellenic festival in ancient Greece consisting of athletic games and contests of choral poetry and dance, first celebrated in 776 B.C. and held periodically until A.D. 393 on the plain of Olympia in honor of the Olympian Zeus. Also called Olympian Games.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The greatest of the national festivals of the ancient Greeks, consisting of athletic games and races, dedicated to Olympian Zeus, celebrated once in four years at Olympia, and continuing five days.
  • A modified revival of the ancient Olympian games, consisting of international athletic games, races, etc., now held once in four years, the first having been at Athens in 1896.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus; held every 4 years beginning in 776 BC
  • n. the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country


From Olympic + games, after Middle French ieux olympiques. (Wiktionary)


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  • A quadrennial sporting festival involving multiple sports and almost all recognised countries of the world. Summer and Winter versions are held.

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