Short for Olympic Sales, a greeting card and stationery company that used a superhero with a jetpack, "Captain O," to try and sell kids on selling this stuff in their neighborhoods and getting a commission out of the deal. Why not sell Olympic? Well, if your parents didn't want you to bother the neighbors...better to sell Grit Magazine instead.

O*lym"pi*an (-an), O*lym"pic (- pik), a. [L. Olympius, Olympicus, Gr. 'Oly`mpios, 'Olympiko`s, fr. 'O`lympos: cf. F. olympique. See Olympiad.]

Of or pertaining to Olympus, a mountain of Thessaly, fabled as the seat of the gods, or to Olympia, a small plain in Elis.

Olympic games, or Olympics (Greek Antiq.), the greatest of the national festivals of the ancient Greeks, consisting of athletic games and races, dedicated to Olympian Zeus, celebrated once in four years at Olympia, and continuing five days.

 

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O*lym"pic, or O*lym"pi*an, games .

A modified revival of the ancient Olympian games, consisting of international athletic games, races, etc., now held once in four years, the first having been at Athens in 1896.

 

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