olio

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noun \ˈō-lē-ˌō\

Definition of olio

plural

olios

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

  2. 2a :  a miscellaneous mixture :  hodgepodge … an incredible bourgeois olio of fancy stonework, stained glass, and light-opera staircases … — R. H. Rovereb :  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

Origin and Etymology of olio

modification of Spanish olla


First Known Use: circa 1842

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