[uh-lim-puh s, oh-lim-]


Mount, a mountain in NE Greece, on the boundary between Thessaly and Macedonia: mythical abode of the greater Grecian gods. 9730 feet (2966 meters).
a mountain in NW Washington: highest peak of the Olympic Mountains. 7954 feet (2424 meters).

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  • It was a mountain of ghosts as Olympus was a mountain of gods.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Rachel looked upon him as one might look upon a god from Olympus.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Whilst we wait in this Olympus of gods, we think of nature as an appendix to the soul.


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • But He does not use His lightnings as did the father of Olympus.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Nor is the term Olympus as applied to these hills a redundant flight of fancy.

    Legends of Wailuku

    Charlotte Hapai

British Dictionary definitions for olympus



Mount Olympus a mountain in NE Greece: the highest mountain in Greece, believed in Greek mythology to be the dwelling place of the greater gods. Height: 2911 m (9550 ft)Modern Greek name: Ólimbos
Mount Olympus a mountain in NW Washington: highest peak of the Olympic Mountains. Height: 2427 m (7965 ft)
a poetic word for heaven
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Word Origin and History for olympus


high mountain in Thessaly, abode of the gods, from Greek Olympos, of unknown origin. The name was given to several mountains, each seemingly the highest in its district.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper