Definition of Olympian in English:


Line breaks: Olym|pian
Pronunciation: /əˈlɪmpɪən


  • 1Associated with Mount Olympus in NE Greece, or with the Greek gods whose home was traditionally held to be there: a temple of Olympian Zeus
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    • These personal advisers were the alleged well-spring of Olympian justice, as Zeus meted out punishment with the same reckless abandon that he exercised in chasing his paramours.
    • Athena, Apollo or Dionysus and the other Olympian deities were honoured all over Greece and with rituals specific to each city according to the particular emphasis of their cults.
    • The three brothers became the blacksmiths of the Olympian gods, creating Zeus' thunderbolts, Poseidon's trident.
  • 1.1Resembling or appropriate to a god, especially in superiority and aloofness: the court is capable of an Olympian impartiality
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    • When you're a kid, you imagine people on TV as Olympian figures.
    • Do the network news anchors of the big broadcast networks have to be Olympian figures?
    • What's interesting is that this big solid newspaper office has this lone outpost of the Service Economy Stratum, an embassy of the economic world we write about with Olympian detachment.
  • 2 [attributive] Relating to the ancient or modern Olympic Games: an Olympian champion
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    • Thus the locals put behind the disappointment of not able to witness the Olympian medallist in action.
    • We've got the scoop on an Olympian edition of The Sports Factor.
    • Making an entrance befitting any Olympian athlete, Frances arrived in Emily Square in an open top vintage car, accompanied by her chauffeur for the night.


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  • 1Any of the pantheon of twelve Greek gods regarded as living on Olympus.
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    • Besides the twelve Olympians, Demeter and Dionysios, the gods of wheat and wine, have a significant impact on the daily lives of mortals.
    • Who has thought to listen to the heart and mind of the Kore's Father, Zeus King of the Olympians?
    • The Olympians - the mythical Greek Gods - were almost like a fantasy family firm of mobsters.
  • 1.1A person of great attainments or exalted position.
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    • As usual, Oliver is Olympian, measured, full of historical references, lovely style.
    • These men represent the Olympians of black business, having employed tens of thousands, achieved major milestones in commerce, and broken barriers for legions of African Americans.
  • 2A competitor in the Olympic Games: as the greatest Olympian, he is something of a sporting god
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    • As an Olympian I know how special it is to earn the honor of representing the USA.
    • He reasoned, correctly, that to achieve his ambition of becoming an Olympian he would have to find an obscure sport in which there was a dearth of competitors.
    • Certainly, the few hundred club runners participating in the event didn't know they had a future Olympian lining up alongside them.


late 15th century: sense 1 of the adjective from Latin Olympus (see Olympus) + -ian; sense 2 of the adjective from Olympia (see Olympia) + -an.

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