Meaning of “the Olympics” in the English Dictionary

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"the Olympics" in British English

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the Olympicsnoun [ plural ]

uk /əˈlɪm.pɪks/ us /oʊˈlɪm.pɪks/ also the Olympic Games

a set of international sports competitions that happen once every four years:

The Olympic Games are held in a different country on each occasion.
the Summer/Winter Olympics

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  • The modern Olympics began in 1896.
  • The Olympics are held every four years.
  • Five countries are competing to host the next Olympics.
  • The Olympics originated in ancient Greece.
  • Moscow hosted the Olympics in 1980.

(Definition of “the Olympics” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Olympics" in American English

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Olympicsplural noun

us /əˈlɪm·pɪks, oʊ-/ also Olympic Games, /əˌlɪm·pɪk ˈɡeɪmz, oʊ-/

international winter and summer sports competitions, each taking place every four years, but not in the same year:

She won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, in 1998.

(Definition of “Olympics” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)