\ ˈōl How to pronounce ole (audio) \

Definition of ole

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: old reminiscing about the good ole days had a grand ole time saw a big ole snake … "That ole devil still living?"— Mildred D. Taylor … an ole workin man …— George Bernard Shaw … new uses for the good ole potato.— Sheila O'Meara Lowenstein … he didn't lose because of little ole me.— Matt Gurney … the ole switcheroo, a technique whereby a jeweller will replace his infinitesimally smaller rock for your larger one.Elle … what Robb has done for Democrats is win something. And not just any ole something: Virginia.— George F. Will


\ ō-ˈlā How to pronounce olé (audio) \

Definition of olé (Entry 2 of 4)

variants: or oleo-

Definition of ole- (Entry 3 of 4)

: oil oleograph
variants: or less commonly -ol

Definition of -ole (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : chemical compound containing a 5-membered usually heterocyclic ring pyrrole
2 : chemical compound not containing hydroxyl eucalyptol especially in names of ethers safrole

Examples of ole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Well, these don't compare to a good 'ole handwritten love letter. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Hear Virginia Wolf & Vita Sackville West's Love Story In Their Own Words," 24 Aug. 2019 Sunday night at 6, the ole District 14 bracket will feature the new look of just one NASA Little League all-star team making its debut and carrying the hopes of the league with it. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "NASA Major All-Stars preparing for District 14 debut Sunday night," 19 June 2019 So, who's with us and ready to bust out the ole road trip checklist and hit the road? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Best State in the Country for Summer Road Trips, According to WalletHub," 18 June 2019 On June 5, ole media Management, a music publishing company owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, ceased to exist -- sort of. Robert Levine, Billboard, "Out With the ole: Anthem CEO Helen Murphy Talks New Name, a Rush Endorsement & Overpriced Catalogs," 14 June 2019 Unsurprisingly, this isn't just any 'ole lipstick launch. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Gucci Beauty Returns With 58 New Lipsticks You'll be Obsessed With," 10 May 2019 To put it in perspective, cosmetic chemist Ginger King compares ginseng to good ole coffee. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You’re Seeing Ginseng in So Many Korean Skin-Care Products Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019 Go back to the good ole days and lay flat or hang to dry. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Electric Blankets to Keep You Warm and Cozy All Night Long," 29 Nov. 2018 Simply mix and pour, and then cover your batter with a big ole handful of candy before throwing 'em in the oven. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Is the Most Popular Christmas Cookie Recipe on Pinterest This Year," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of ole


circa 1832, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ole


by alteration



Combining form

French olé-, oléo-, from Latin ole-, from oleum — more at oil

Noun combining form

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin oleum

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