[uh-lim-pik, oh-lim-]


of or relating to the Olympic Games: an Olympic contender.
of or relating to Olympia, in Greece.
pertaining to Mount Olympus, in Greece.


an Olympian deity.

Origin of Olympic

1590–1600; < Latin Olympicus of Olympus, of Olympia < Greek Olympikós. See Olympus, -ic
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Historical Examples of olympic

  • The victors at the Olympic Games had their statues placed in the groves.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Here were written names, and among them, "Creon, son of the Olympic winner Menon."

  • It was twined of Olympic olive leaves and Apollo's own laurel.

  • You ought to see some of the Cunard boats, the Olympic or the Baltic.


    Christopher Morley

  • Among the Olympic deities represented, Zeus takes a prominent part.

British Dictionary definitions for olympic



of or relating to the Olympic Games
of or relating to ancient Olympia
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Word Origin and History for olympic



c.1600, "of or in reference to Mount Olympos, also to Olympia (khora), town or district in Elis in ancient Greece, where athletic contests in honor of Olympian Zeus were held 776 B.C.E. and every four years thereafter; from Greek Olympikos, from Olympos, of unknown origin. The modern Olympic Games are a revival, begun in 1896. Not the same place as Mount Olympus, abode of the gods, which was in Thessaly.

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