olio

noun
\ˈō-lē-ˌō \
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

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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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