\ 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

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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“Olio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olio. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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