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Olympiad   Listen
noun
Olympiad  n.  
1.
(Greek Antiq.) 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 Coroebus in the foot race, which took place in the year 776 b. c.; as, the era of the olympiads.
2.
The quadrennial celebration of the modern Olympic games; as, the first Olympiad (1906). See Olympics.
Synonyms: Olympic games, Olympics.






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"Olympiad" Quotes from Famous Books



... desired my learned friend Mr. Maidwell to compute the difference of times betwixt Aristophanes and Livius Andronicus; and he assures me from the best chronologers that Plutus, the last of Aristophanes' plays, was represented at Athens in the year of the 97th Olympiad, which agrees with the year urbis conditae CCCLXIV. So that the difference of years betwixt Aristophanes and Andronicus is 150; from whence I have probably deduced that Livius Andronicus, who was a Grecian, had ...
— Discourses on Satire and Epic Poetry • John Dryden

... their honor in "the hollow way" near Athens. We may here remind our readers that the Greeks made use of the Olympic games to determine the date of each year. They took place every four years. The first was fixed 776 B. C. Each separate year was named the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th of such or such an Olympiad.] ...
— Uarda • Georg Ebers



Words linked to "Olympiad" :   period of time, Olympics, time period, period, Winter Olympic Games, Olympic Games



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