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[uh-lim-puh s, oh-lim-] /əˈlɪm pəs, oʊˈlɪm-/
Mount, a mountain in NE Greece, on the boundary between Thessaly and Macedonia: mythical abode of the greater Grecian gods. 9730 feet (2966 meters).
a mountain in NW Washington: highest peak of the Olympic Mountains. 7954 feet (2424 meters). Unabridged
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  • From the threaded ruddy ore of her hair rose a perfume like the fabulous myrrhs of Olympus.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • It was a mountain of ghosts as Olympus was a mountain of gods.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • He it was who, being admitted to Olympus by the generosity of Jupiter himself, dared to seek the love of the queen of the Gods.

  • But He does not use His lightnings as did the father of Olympus.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • But they have risen into fellowship with the higher Gods of Olympus.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • When he got down from his stool it was as though he had descended from the heights of Olympus.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Thessalian Greece, from ta and Othrys in the south, to Olympus in the north: which furnishes nine contingents.

  • He lives after the manner of legendary heroes, of the gods of Olympus.

British Dictionary definitions for Olympus


Mount Olympus, a mountain in NE Greece: the highest mountain in Greece, believed in Greek mythology to be the dwelling place of the greater gods. Height: 2911 m (9550 ft) Modern Greek name Ólimbos
Mount Olympus, a mountain in NW Washington: highest peak of the Olympic Mountains. Height: 2427 m (7965 ft)
a poetic word for heaven
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Word Origin and History for Olympus

high mountain in Thessaly, abode of the gods, from Greek Olympos, of unknown origin. The name was given to several mountains, each seemingly the highest in its district.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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