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Olympiad vs. Olympic

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Olympiadnoun

A period of four years, by which the ancient Greeks reckoned time, being the interval from one celebration of the Olympic games to another, beginning with the victory of CorŒbus in the foot race, which took place in the year 776 b. c.; as, the era of the olympiads.

Olympicadjective

of or relating to the Olympic Games;

‘Olympic winners’;

Olympiadnoun

The quadrennial celebration of the modern Olympic games; as, the first Olympiad (1906). See Olympics.

Olympicadjective

of the region of Olympia in Greece or its inhabitants;

‘Olympian plain’;

Olympiadnoun

one of the 4-year intervals between Olympic Games; used to reckon time in ancient Greece for twelve centuries beginning in 776 BC

Olympiadnoun

the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country

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Olympiad

An Olympiad (Greek: Ὀλυμπιάς, Olympiás) is a period of four years associated with the Olympic Games of the Ancient Greeks. Although the Ancient Olympic Games were established during Archaic Greece, it was not until the Hellenistic period, beginning with Ephorus, that the Olympiad was used as a calendar epoch.

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