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Olympic

[uh-lim-pik, oh-lim-] /əˈlɪm pɪk, oʊˈlɪm-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Olympic Games:
an Olympic contender.
2.
of or relating 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 of Olympic
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Olympicus of Olympus, of Olympia < Greek Olympikós. See Olympus, -ic
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  • When the Olympic gods lost their place in the minds and hearts of men, other gods were ready to take their place.

    The Origin of Paul's Religion J. Gresham Machen
  • Here were written names, and among them, "Creon, son of the Olympic winner Menon."

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • It stood a little behind the site of the present Olympic Theatre.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • Of course the prizes were always awarded to Nero on this tour, as they had been at the Olympic games.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • The 1920 Olympic meeting was arranged to take place at Antwerp.

British Dictionary definitions for Olympic

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 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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