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Olympic Games

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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...

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Olympic Games

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online September 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 162 words.

Citius, altius, fortius.

Swifter, higher, stronger.

Anonymous

motto of the Olympic Games

I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael

Olympic Games

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online September 2017 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 195 words.

Citius, altius, fortius.

Swifter, higher, stronger.

Anonymous

motto of the Olympic Games

I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael

Olympic Games

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online September 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 195 words.

Citius, altius, fortius.

Swifter, higher, stronger.

Anonymous

motto of the Olympic Games

I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael

Olympic Games

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online January 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 171 words.

Citius, altius, fortius.

Swifter, higher, stronger.

Anonymous

motto of the Olympic Games

I just blew my mind. And I blew

Olympic Games

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 204 words.

Citius, altius, fortius.

Swifter, higher, stronger.

Anonymous

motto of the Olympic Games

When I competed, no one ever thought it

Olympic Games

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online January 2012 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 229 words.

Citius, altius, fortius.

Swifter, higher, stronger.

Anonymous

motto of the Olympic Games

When I competed, no one ever thought it

Olympic Games

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 189 words.

The modern games, a revival of the ancient Greek festival held every four years at Olympia, were organized in 1896

Olympic Games

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 99 words.

an ancient Greek festival with athletic, literary, and musical competitions held at Olympia every four years, traditionally from 776 bc...

Paralympics

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 107 words.

An international athletic competition for disabled athletes, modelled on the Olympic Games. The name is short for Paraplegic Olympics,

NZOC

Tony Deverson.

in The Oxford Dictionary of New Zealandisms

January 2010; p ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 42 words.

abbreviation New Zealand Olympic Committee (formerly NZOCGA New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association). 2008 press Maister said the NZOC

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Citius, altius, fortius

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 54 words.

The motto of the Olympic Games, introduced c.1908 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern

Mexican wave

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 81 words.

A stunt periodically indulged in by spectators at sporting events such as the Olympic Games or a football match. Successive

Olympiad

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online September 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 92 words.

An Olympiad is an old term for a period of four years between Olympic Games (used principally in ancient dating),

Jesse Owens (1913–80)

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online September 2017 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 34 words.

A lifetime of training for just 10 seconds.

on winning the 100 metres at the Berlin Olympic Games, 1936

attributed

Jesse Owens (1913–80)

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online September 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 34 words.

A lifetime of training for just 10 seconds.

on winning the 100 metres at the Berlin Olympic Games, 1936

attributed

Olympiad

Edited by Robert Allen.

in Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 84 words.

An Olympiad is an old term for a period of four years between Olympic Games (used principally in ancient dating),

Olympiad

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 46 words.

period of four years between celebrations of the Olympic games (ancient Gr. festival). XVI. — F. Olympiade or L. Olympias

Paralympics

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 27 words.

an international athletic competition for disabled athletes, modelled on the Olympic Games, established during the 1950s. The name comes from a blend of ...

marathon

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 135 words.

1 This now familiar word for a long-distance race and, by extension, for any other long-drawn-out test of endurance, was introduced in the first revived Olympic Games at Athens...

Olympia

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 52 words.

a plain in Greece, in the western Peloponnese. In ancient Greece it was the site of the chief sanctuary of the god Zeus, the place where the original Olympic Games were held. An ...