Definition of the Paralympics noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Paralympics

BrE BrE//ˌpærəˈlɪmpɪks//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpærəˈlɪmpɪks//
[plural] Athletics
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an international athletics competition for people who are disabled See related entries: Athletics Word Origin1950s: blend of paraplegic (modern Latin, from Greek paraplēgia, from paraplēssein ‘strike at the side’, from para ‘beside’ + plēssein ‘to strike’) and Olympics (plural of Olympic).
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