Olympian

[ uh-lim-pee-uh n, oh-lim- ]
/ əˈlɪm pi ən, oʊˈlɪm- /
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adjective

pertaining to Mount Olympus or dwelling thereon, as the gods of classical Greece.
pertaining to Olympia in Elis.
of, resembling, characteristic of, or suitable to the gods of Olympus; majestic or aloof: an Olympian landscape; an Olympian disdain.

noun

an Olympian deity.
a contender in the Olympic Games.
a native or inhabitant of Olympia.

Origin of Olympian

1585–95; < Late Latin Olympiānus, equivalent to Latin Olympi(us) (< Greek Olýmpios, derivative of Ólympos Olympus) + -ānus -an

Related formsO·lym·pi·an·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for olympian

Olympian

/ (əˈlɪmpɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to Mount Olympus or to the classical Greek gods
majestic or godlike in manner or bearing
superior to mundane considerations, esp when impractical
of or relating to ancient Olympia or its inhabitants

noun

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Word Origin and History for olympian

Olympian

adj.

"of or belonging to Olympus," c.1600; see Olympic + -ian. The noun meaning "a great god of ancient Greece" is attested from 1843, from Late Latin Olympianus, from Greek Olympios "pertaining to Olympus;" sense of "one who competes in the (modern) Olympic Games" is from 1976.

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