Share this entry

Olympic Syllabification: O·lym·pic
Pronunciation: /əˈlimpik/

Definition of Olympic in English:


Of or relating to the ancient city of Olympia or the Olympic Games: an Olympic champion
More example sentences
  • They don't have to be an Olympic rower or an Olympic athlete to be able to do the sport.
  • If you win an Olympic Gold medal you become a hugely marketable item, and will earn vast sums of money.
  • A few years ago I was sailing in an international event which was an Olympic qualifier.


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek Olumpikos 'of Olympus or Olympia', the latter (see Olympia) being the site of games in honor of Zeus of Olympus.

Words that rhyme with Olympic


Definition of Olympic in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources