olive

noun
ol·​ive | \ ˈä-liv How to pronounce olive (audio) , -ləv\

Definition of olive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a Mediterranean evergreen tree (Olea europaea of the family Oleaceae, the olive family) cultivated for its drupaceous fruit that is an important food and source of oil also : the fruit
b : any of various shrubs and trees resembling the olive
2 : any of several colors resembling that of the unripe fruit of the olive tree that are yellowish green
3 : an oval eminence on each ventrolateral aspect of the medulla oblongata

olive

adjective

Definition of olive (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of the color olive or olive green
2 : approaching olive in color or complexion

Examples of olive in a Sentence

Noun

a sauce made with chopped olives Does the suit come in olive?

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Toss beans with grape tomatoes, pitted Kalamata olives, anchovies, and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Salmon with Tomatoes and Green Beans," 24 Oct. 2018 Add olives, capers, parsley, and tarragon and stir to combine. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Seared Salmon, Watercress, and Potato Salad With Olive Dressing," 21 Feb. 2019 On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes, olives, and thyme with 2 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Mediterranean Chicken Bake," 20 Aug. 2018 For skin-care purposes, it can also be derived from olives, rice bran, wheat germ, sugarcane, or palm trees. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Some are assembled with just tuna, tomatoes, olives, and onions, with olive oil as the dressing, others with corn or carrots in the mix. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Spanish tuna salad with tomatoes, eggs, olives, and onions will become your summer standby," 9 July 2018 Image One of the best-selling T-shirts for the Indian e-commerce site Myntra is an olive, blue and yellow colorblocked design. New York Times, "High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too," 7 July 2018 Among the five main courses is an exceptional vegetarian option: farro verde ($26) with asparagus, olives, fava beans and green garlic vinaigrette. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Oils, which help keep the meat from drying out, can be neutral in flavor (canola, vegetable, peanut); in-between (olive, nut); and assertive (sesame). Becky Krystal, sacbee, "If you’re in the mood to marinate meat, soak up these tips," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Korbee says that the two best oils for frying eggs are olive and canola. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make the Perfect Fried Egg Every Time," 8 Apr. 2019 Gigi opted for an olive plaid suit, a shimmery transparent top and black bra, and a Youssef Lahlou hat. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid Wore the Chicest Looks to Marc Jacobs's Wedding," 7 Apr. 2019 The olive groves that surround this Sonoma, California, home are quite literally the stuff of legend. House Beautiful, "Patrick Printy Designed This California Home to Bring the Great Outdoors Into Every Room," 19 Apr. 2019 It's apparently packed with emollients like olive extract, as well as light-diffusing powders that create that an incredible airbrushed effect. Glamour, "This Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick Makes My Face Look Instantly Poreless," 8 Mar. 2019 But there's something about this dark chocolate shade that looks striking and moody against her green eyes and olive skin tone. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Emma Stone Just Swapped Her Signature Red Hair for a Totally New Look," 22 Jan. 2019 The voluminous strapless number consisted of a blush pink bustier, olive sash at the waist, and silver full skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Swedish Princesses Showed Off Epic Royal Style at the Nobel Prize Ceremony," 10 Dec. 2018 Photo: Dylan Gordon for The Wall Street Journal Roberta Jaffe, who with her husband, Steve Gliessman, runs a small family vineyard and olive orchard nearby, is concerned warming weather is already making water more scarce and valuable. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards—and the Water Underneath," 10 Dec. 2018 The Duchess first appeared yesterday sporting an olive trench coat from Club Monaco, black jeans, and suede booties from Stuart Weitzman. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears Back-to-Back Casual Outfits on the Royal Tour in New Zealand," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of olive

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for olive

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia

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olive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of olive

: a small, egg-shaped black or green fruit that is used as food or for making oil
: a tree on which olives grow
: a yellowish-green color

olive

noun
ol·​ive | \ ˈä-liv How to pronounce olive (audio) \

Kids Definition of olive

1 : the oily fruit of an evergreen tree that is eaten both ripe and unripe and is the source of an edible oil ( olive oil )
2 : a yellowish green color

olive

noun
ol·​ive | \ ˈäl-iv, -əv How to pronounce olive (audio) \

Medical Definition of olive

1 : an Old World evergreen tree (Olea europaea of the family Oleaceae, the olive family) cultivated for its drupaceous fruit that is an important food and source of oil also : the fruit
2 : an oval eminence on each ventrolateral aspect of the medulla oblongata that contains the inferior olive of the same side

called also olivary body

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