Definition of Olympic Games in US English:

Olympic Games

(also the Olympics)

proper noun

  • 1A modern sports festival held traditionally every four years in different venues, instigated by the Frenchman Baron de Coubertin (1863–1937) in 1896. Athletes representing more than 200 countries compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in a great variety of sports. Since 1992, the Summer Games and Winter Games alternate every two years.

    1. 1.1 An ancient Greek festival with athletic, literary, and musical competitions held at Olympia every four years, traditionally from 776 BC until abolished by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in AD 393.


Olympic Games

/əˈlɪmpɪk ˌɡeɪmz/