- 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
Examples from the Web for olympiad
The Moscow Olympiad in 1980 was boycotted partially, not revoked.Putin’s World Cup Picasso ‘Bribe’
December 1, 2014
Mustering a coalition of disapproval for the World Cup should be much easier than it would be for an Olympiad.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
Monday, July 15, 1912, was the last day of the Fifth Olympiad in Stockholm.The Most Wonderful Athlete in the World: Jim Thorpe’s Story
August 5, 2012
In her final Olympiad, Khorkina was once again a favorite, but lost to Patterson by .176.Olympics ‘Travesty’: Jordyn Wieber’s All-Around Gymnastics Exclusion
July 31, 2012
So far then are they eternal entities, as real to-day as in the first Olympiad.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Timocreon of Rhodes, a comic poet in the 75th Olympiad, was a great drinker.Ebrietatis Encomium
He died in the first year of the 95th Olympiad, aged seventy.
He was born at Stagira, a city of Macedonia, in the first year of the 99th Olympiad.
And the prize (after the seventh Olympiad) was a wreath of the wild olive!Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
- 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
Word Origin and History for olympiad
late 14c., "period of four years" (between Olympic games), from Old French olimpiade "period of four years," from Latin Olympiadem, from Greek olympiados, genitive of Olympias (see Olympic). Used by ancient Greeks as a unit in computing time. Revived in modern usage with revival of the games, 1896.