olympic games

O·lym·pic game
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-lim-pik, oh-lim- geym]
    • /əˈlɪm pɪk, oʊˈlɪm- geɪm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-lim-pik, oh-lim- geym]
    • /əˈlɪm pɪk, oʊˈlɪm- geɪm/

Definitions of olympic games words

  • noun plural olympic games international sports event 1
  • proper noun olympic games The Olympic Games are a set of international sports competitions which take place every four years, each time in a different country. 0
  • noun olympic games the greatest Panhellenic festival, held every fourth year in honour of Zeus at ancient Olympia. From 472 bc, it consisted of five days of games, sacrifices, and festivities 0
  • noun olympic games the modern revival of these games, consisting of international athletic and sporting contests held every four years in a selected country since their inception in Athens in 1896 0
  • noun olympic games an ancient Greek festival consisting of contests in athletics, poetry, and music, held every four years at Olympia to honor Zeus 0
  • noun olympic games a modern international athletic competition that is generally held every four years in a different location, consisting of summer events, as track and field, swimming, and volleyball, and, in a different city and month, winter events, as skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey: until 1992 all the events were held in the same year but since 1994 the winter events and summer events have been separated by a two-year interval 0

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Origin of olympic games

First appearance:

before 1600
One of the 39% oldest English words
First recorded in 1600-10

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Parts of speech for Olympic games


olympic games popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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