[ uh-lim-pee-ad, oh-lim- ]
/ əˈlɪm piˌæd, oʊˈlɪm- /

noun (often lowercase)

a period of four years reckoned from one celebration of the Olympic Games to the next, by which the Greeks computed time from 776 b.c.
a celebration of the modern Olympic Games.

Origin of Olympiad

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Olympiad-, stem of Olympias < Greek Olympiás noun use of the adj.: of Olympus. See Olympia, -ad1

Related forms

O·lym·pi·ad·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for olympiad


/ (əˈlɪmpɪˌæd) /


a staging of the modern Olympic Games
the four-year period between consecutive celebrations of the Olympic Games; a unit of ancient Greek chronology dating back to 776 bc
an international contest in chess, bridge, etc
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