Olympian games
Olympic games O*lym"pic games, or Olympian games O*lym"pi*an games . (Greek Antiq.), The greatest of the national festivals of the ancient Greeks, consisting of athletic games and races, dedicated to Olympian Zeus, celebrated once in four years at Olympia, and continuing five days. [1913 Webster]

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  • Olympian Games — noun the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus; held every 4 years beginning in 776 BC • Syn: ↑Olympic Games • Hypernyms: ↑agon * * * noun plural Usage: usually capitalized O Etymology: Olympian ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Olympian Games — noun plural Date: 1593 Olympic Games 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Olympian — can refer to: Contents 1 Magic and mythology 2 Sport 3 Technology 4 Newspapers 5 Fiction …   Wikipedia

  • Olympian — [ō lim′pē ən, əlim′pē ən] n. [< LL Olympianus, Olympic] 1. Gr. Myth. any of the twelve major gods supposed to live on the slopes of Mount Olympus 2. a person born in Olympia 3. any participant in the ancient or modern Olympic games adj. 1. of… …   English World dictionary

  • Olympian — ► ADJECTIVE 1) associated with Mount Olympus in NE Greece, traditional home of the Greek gods. 2) superior and aloof like a god. 3) relating to the Olympic Games. ► NOUN 1) any of the twelve Greek gods regarded as living on Mount Olympus. 2) a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Olympian — (adj.) of or belonging to OLYMPUS (Cf. Olympus), c.1600; see OLYMPIC (Cf. Olympic) + IAN (Cf. ian). The noun meaning a great god of ancient Greece is attested from 1843, from L.L. Olympianus, from Gk. Olympios pertaining to Olympus; sense of one… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Olympian — Olympiad, Olympian, Olympic An Olympiad is an old term for a period of four years between Olympic Games (used principally in ancient dating), and a particular celebration of the ancient Olympic Games (and is occasionally also applied in the same… …   Modern English usage

  • Olympian — I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. of or relating to Mount Olympus in Thessaly 2. befitting or characteristic of an Olympian; especially lofty < his…formula of glib simplicity and Olympian arrogance Richard Pollak > II. adjective Date: 1593 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Olympian — /əˈlɪmpiən / (say uh limpeeuhn) adjective 1. of or relating to the gods of ancient Greece, who lived on Mt Olympus. 2. of or relating to Olympia in Elis. 3. of or relating to the Olympic Games; Olympic: Olympian success. –noun 4. an Olympian… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Olympian — [[t]əlɪ̱mpiən[/t]] Olympians 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Olympian means very powerful, large, or impressive. [FORMAL] Getting his book into print has been an Olympian task in itself. 2) N COUNT An Olympian is a competitor in the Olympic Games. The… …   English dictionary

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