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Olympiad   /oʊlˈɪmpiˌæd/   Listen
Olympiad

noun
1.
One of the four-year intervals between Olympic Games; used to reckon time in ancient Greece for twelve centuries beginning in 776 BC.
2.
The modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country.  Synonyms: Olympic Games, Olympics.






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"Olympiad" Quotes from Famous Books



... games is not out of place in a history of education. At first they were religious in character. They were celebrated in honor of Zeus, at Olympia, in Elis, which became the Holy Land of Greece. They took place once in four years, and this period, called an Olympiad, furnished the basis of computing time. The first Olympiad begins with B.C. 776. All of the states took part in these contests, and when at war, hostilities were suspended during the games, that visitors might attend ...
— History of Education • Levi Seeley

... ye hymns the sovereigns of harps! What God? what Hero? What Man shall we celebrate? Truly Pisa indeed is of Jove, But the Olympiad (or the Olympic games) did Hercules establish, The first-fruits of the spoils of war. But Theron for the four-horsed car, That bore victory to him, It behoves us now to voice aloud: The Just, the Hospitable, The Bulwark of Agrigentum, Of renowned fathers ...
— Biographia Literaria • Samuel Taylor Coleridge



Words linked to "Olympiad" :   Winter Olympics, athletic competition, time period, athletics, Winter Olympic Games, period, period of time, athletic contest



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