follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

Olympiad

[uh-lim-pee-ad, oh-lim-] /əˈlɪm piˌæd, oʊˈlɪm-/
noun, (often lowercase)
1.
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.
2.
a celebration of the modern Olympic Games.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Olympiad-, stem of Olympias < Greek Olympiás noun use of the adj.: of Olympus. See Olympia, -ad1
Related forms
Olympiadic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for Olympiad

Olympiad

/əˈlɪmpɪˌæd/
noun
1.
a staging of the modern Olympic Games
2.
the four-year period between consecutive celebrations of the Olympic Games; a unit of ancient Greek chronology dating back to 776 bc
3.
an international contest in chess, bridge, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Olympiad
olympiad
late 14c., "period of four years" (between Olympic games), from Gk. olympiados, gen. of Olympias (see Olympic). Used by ancient Greeks as a unit in computing time. Revived in modern usage with revival of the games, 1896.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for Olympiad

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Olympiad

16
18
Scrabble Words With Friends