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Olympic

[uh-lim-pik, oh-lim-] /əˈlɪm pɪk, oʊˈlɪm-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the Olympic Games:
an Olympic contender.
2.
of or pertaining to Olympia, in Greece.
3.
pertaining to Mount Olympus, in Greece.
4.
Olympian (def 3).
noun
5.
an Olympian deity.
6.
Olympics, Olympic Games (def 2).
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Olympicus of Olympus, of Olympia < Greek Olympikós. See Olympus, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for olympics

Olympic

/əˈlɪmpɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Olympic Games
2.
of or relating to ancient Olympia
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Word Origin and History for olympics

Olympic

adj.

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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