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OLYMPIAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Olympian mean? 

OLYMPIAN (noun)
  The noun OLYMPIAN has 2 senses:

1. an athlete who participates in the Olympic games
2. a classical Greek god after the overthrow of the Titans

  Familiarity information: OLYMPIAN used as a noun is rare.


OLYMPIAN (adjective)
  The adjective OLYMPIAN has 4 senses:

1. of the region of Olympia in Greece or its inhabitants
2. of or pertaining to the greater gods of ancient Greece whose abode was Mount Olympus
3. majestic in manner or bearing; superior to mundane matters
4. far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

  Familiarity information: OLYMPIAN used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OLYMPIAN (noun)


Sense 1Olympian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An athlete who participates in the Olympic games

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("Olympian" is a kind of...):

athlete; jock (a person trained to compete in sports)


Sense 2Olympian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A classical Greek god after the overthrow of the Titans

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Olympic god; Olympian

Instance hypernyms:

Greek deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks)


OLYMPIAN (adjective)


Sense 1Olympian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the region of Olympia in Greece or its inhabitants

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

Olympian; Olympic

Context example:

Olympian plain

Pertainym:

Olympia (a plain in Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese; the chief sanctuary of Zeus and the site of the original Olympian Games)


Sense 2Olympian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or pertaining to the greater gods of ancient Greece whose abode was Mount Olympus

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

Olympian deities

Pertainym:

Mount Olympus (a mountain peak in northeast Greece near the Aegean coast; believed by ancient Greeks to be the dwelling place of the gods (9,570 feet high))


Sense 3olympian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Majestic in manner or bearing; superior to mundane matters

Synonyms:

majestic; olympian

Context examples:

his majestic presence / olympian detachment / olympian beauty and serene composure

Similar:

superior (of or characteristic of high rank or importance)


Sense 4olympian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

Synonyms:

exceeding; exceptional; surpassing; prodigious; olympian

Context examples:

a night of exceeding darkness / an exceptional memory / olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy / the young Mozart's prodigious talents

Similar:

extraordinary (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable)


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