olio

noun \ ˈō-lē-ˌō \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

Definition of olio

plural olios
1 : olla podrida 1
  • The Spanish restaurant offered an olio containing a variety of ingredients.
2 a : 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

Examples of olio in a Sentence

  1. the performance was an old-fashioned olio of songs, dances, and puppetry

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Origin and Etymology of olio

modification of Spanish olla

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