Definition of Olympiad in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlimpēəd/
Pronunciation: /ōˈlimpēˌad/


1A celebration of the ancient or modern Olympic Games.
Example sentences
  • St. Louis was host to the third modern Olympiad in 1904, and Francis Field, on the campus of Washington University, was the primary site.
  • That inaugural modern Olympiad did not allow female competitors.
  • The Olympics are almost certainly the sports world's grandest stage, and in 2004 the event returns to the birthplace of the ancient Olympiad and the first host of the modern Olympics - Athens, Greece.
1.1A period of four years between Olympic Games, used by the ancient Greeks in dating events.
Example sentences
  • All told, the Hawaiian's incredible international swimming career was going to span two decades and four Olympiads.
  • Vertically, the arrangement is by Olympiads, each Olympiad containing four numbered years; these years were not rigidly fixed but were adapted to the flow of events.
  • The games were held every four years at Olympia, which became a convenient way for the Greeks to count the passing years; every four years was called an Olympiad.
1.2A major national or international contest in some activity, notably chess or bridge.
Example sentences
  • The inherent intellectual talents of our youngsters have been proved in the IT field and in intellectual competitions like international mathematics and astronomical Olympiads or even in intellectual games like chess.
  • There are already a Chess Olympiad and an International Mathematical Olympiad, as well as Olympiads for other subjects.
  • And I think it's a fact that the math Olympiad isn't a sport either.


Via French or Latin from Greek Olumpias, Olumpiad-, from Olumpios (see also Olympian and Olympic).

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Syllabification: O·lym·pi·ad

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