olympic, adj. & n.
--adj. of ancient Olympia or the Olympic games.
--n. (the Olympics) the Olympic games.
1 an ancient Greek festival held at Olympia every four years, with athletic, literary, and musical competitions.
2 a modern international revival of this as a sports festival held every four years since 1896 in different venues.
L Olympicus f. Gk Olumpikos of Olympus or Olympia (the latter being named from the games in honour of Zeus of Olympus)