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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 Russ Willey.

in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 175 words.

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

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,

Javelin

Edited by Russ Willey.

in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 17 words.

The planned express train service from St Pancras to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Boland, John Pius (1870–1955)

Edited by Sean McMahon and Jo O'Donoghue.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 117 words.

He won two gold medals for tennis, singles and doubles, at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens. This event, the

marathon

Edited by Russ Willey.

in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 59 words.

In the modern Olympic Games the marathon race was instituted in 1896, the distance being standardized at 26 miles

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

Decathlon

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

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

An athletic contest in the modern olympic games consisting of ten events: 100 metres race, long jump, shot put, high

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

Heptathlon

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 43 words.

An athletic contest encompassing seven different disciplines. As a women’s event in the olympic games it includes the 100-metre hurdles,

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 ...

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 ...