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Olympic Games


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From Olympic + games, after Middle French ieux olympiques.

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Olympic Games

  1. (historical, Ancient Greece) A sporting festival held every four or five years on the Plain of Olympia in southern Greece, in honour of Zeus. [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.17:
      In the times of the Olimpike games, with chariots exceeding all other in magnificence, he also sent poets and musitians to present his verses, with tents and pavillions gilt and most suinptuously tapistried.
  2. An international multi-sport event (inspired by the ancient festival) taking place every fourth year. [from 19th c.]
    • 2009, Owen Gibson, The Guardian, 28 September:
      Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games received a boost yesterday when its most famous former resident, the American president, Barack Obama, ended months of speculation by announcing that he would fly to Copenhagen before Friday's vote, in order to lobby on the city's behalf.


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