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Olympian

[uh-lim-pee-uh n, oh-lim-] /əˈlɪm pi ən, oʊˈlɪm-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to Mount Olympus or dwelling thereon, as the gods of classical Greece.
2.
pertaining to Olympia in Elis.
3.
of, resembling, characteristic of, or suitable to the gods of Olympus; majestic or aloof:
an Olympian landscape; an Olympian disdain.
noun
4.
an Olympian deity.
5.
a contender in the Olympic Games.
6.
a native or inhabitant of Olympia.
Origin of Olympian
1585-1595
1585-95; < Late Latin Olympiānus, equivalent to Latin Olympi(us) (< Greek Olýmpios, derivative of Ólympos Olympus) + -ānus -an
Related forms
Olympianly, adverb
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  • This statue is Olympian majesty made visible, and in its presence we feel that we too are august.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • One might have been a model for the seraphs of Christian faith, the other an Olympian deity.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It is difficult, nevertheless, to imagine the dignified Olympian Zeus as the author.

    Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • The best of his works is the Olympian Zeus, made at Elis after his exile.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • I gathered it was rather difficult for the real Olympian to think at all in figures so absurdly low.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for Olympian

Olympian

/əˈlɪmpɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Mount Olympus or to the classical Greek gods
2.
majestic or godlike in manner or bearing
3.
superior to mundane considerations, esp when impractical
4.
of or relating to ancient Olympia or its inhabitants
noun
5.
a god of Olympus
6.
an inhabitant or native of ancient Olympia
7.
(mainly US) a competitor in the Olympic Games
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Word Origin and History for Olympian
adj.

"of or belonging to Olympus," c.1600; see Olympic + -ian. The noun meaning "a great god of ancient Greece" is attested from 1843, from Late Latin Olympianus, from Greek Olympios "pertaining to Olympus;" sense of "one who competes in the (modern) Olympic Games" is from 1976.

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