\ ˈō-lē-ˌō How to pronounce olio (audio) \
plural olios

Definition of olio

1 : olla podrida sense 1 The Spanish restaurant offered an olio containing a variety of ingredients.
2a : a miscellaneous mixture : hodgepodge … an incredible bourgeois olio of fancy stonework, stained glass, and light-opera staircases …— R. H. Rovere
b : a miscellaneous collection (as of literary or musical selections) This olio of broadsides, speeches, letters, poems, and other documents …— S. R. Slaton

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Examples of olio in a Sentence

the performance was an old-fashioned olio of songs, dances, and puppetry
Recent Examples on the Web After the service, cocktail hour commenced on the deck right by the ocean before everyone sat down to a dinner of watermelon and feta salad, bucatini aglio olio, and a duet of sea bass and ribeye. Vogue, "A Black-Tie Wedding in Sea Island Ended With a Coachella Themed After-Party," 7 Aug. 2019 But twirling up forkfuls of this verdant aglio e olio into my mouth is so much more enjoyable than poking at a kale salad. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "The Kinda-Healthy Kale Pasta I Can Always Count On," 7 June 2019 Make the spaghetti aglio e olio (garlic and oil) and get your sea legs under you. Alex Van Buren, Health.com, "How to Master Weeknight Dinners, According to a Seasoned Cookbook Author and Mom of Two," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of olio

circa 1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for olio

modification of Spanish olla

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The first known use of olio was circa 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Olio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olio. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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