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No woman was allowed to enter Olympia, during the celebration of the games.

All kinds o' games had been put up on him and he beat 'em all.

Go outside with these children, and help them to some games.

Games of address are not to be put upon a footing with games of hazard.'

Menon talked gaily about their journey, the games to-morrow, Creon's training.

During the past months they had been living here, training for the games.

He heard of the women's games that were held once a year at Olympia in honor of Hera.

He had the three games out of five and was winner of the pentathlon.

On the next day there were games for the men, like those the boys had played.

Menon and Charmides had a thousand questions about the games.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gamen "game, joy, fun, amusement," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian game "joy, glee," Old Norse gaman, Old Saxon, Old High German gaman "sport, merriment," Danish gamen, Swedish gamman "merriment"), regarded as identical with Gothic gaman "participation, communion," from Proto-Germanic *ga- collective prefix + *mann "person," giving a sense of "people together."

Meaning "contest played according to rules" is first attested c.1300. Sense of "wild animals caught for sport" is late 13c.; hence fair game (1825), also gamey. Game plan is 1941, from U.S. football; game show first attested 1961.

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