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

Now, Johnson—who is known for being charming, funny, offensive and calculating, all in equal measure—will head to Downing Street, olive or not. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Rise of the “Deep Fakes”: CEO Daily," 24 July 2019 Simply slice or quarter, lightly toss in extra virgin olive (EVOO) or avocado oil, sea salt, and black pepper, and cook 30 to 40 minutes at 400 degrees until the outer leaves are golden and slightly crisp. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts," 9 July 2019 Only low-grade olive oil has a low smoke point, due to old olives or adulteration. Sunset, "Road Trip Like a Chef," 22 Jan. 2018 The 3-plus acres surrounding the home hold groves of Tuscan olive trees that produce 30 to 60 gallons of olive oil every year, which the couple bottles. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Hot Property Newsletter: The next episode (featuring a QB and Mel B)," 20 July 2019 The 3-4 acres surrounding the home hold groves of Tuscan olive trees that produce 30-60 gallons of olive oil every year, which the couple bottles. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Joe Montana’s 500-acre ranch relists for $20 million less in Calistoga," 12 July 2019 Also include anti-inflammatory, satiety-inducing fats that are good for circulation, like avocado and avocado oil; extra virgin olive oil and olives; nuts; seeds; and nut/seed butters. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "The Zero Carb Diet May Be a Simple Way to Lose Weight—But Is It Safe?," 8 July 2019 Ceramic wind bells littered the oil-producing olive trees and Escher-like stairwells of the compound. Bon Appétit, "A Photo Tour of Arcosanti, the Utopian Oasis in the Arizona Desert," 27 June 2019 Sixty million olive trees are found in the Jaén province, making it the largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in the country. Susan B. Barnes, Condé Nast Traveler, "Andalucía By Bike: A Cycling Adventure Through Spain’s Olive Oil Region," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The strip was once thick with olive groves but the Israeli army has levelled well over a thousand acres of them. The Economist, "How to eat well while living under siege," 2 Aug. 2019 Milian wore a white tank top that accented her small baby bump, paired with olive-green pants and matching booties. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Christina Milian Shows Off Her Baby Bump While Out and About After Pregnancy Announcement," 1 Aug. 2019 Marrakech’s red walls quickly give way to olive tree groves and then snowcapped peaks. National Geographic, "Music in Morocco: The ultimate sonic journey," 23 July 2019 Towering cypresses and ancient olive trees ring a wide front lawn, which looks out over a pleasant valley toward nearby ski slopes, still carpeted with snow in April. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "The Rustic Charm of an Idyllic Tuscan Hideaway," 21 May 2019 On one hand, rows of olive trees stand like obedient soldiers before a turreted building that almost looks like a castle. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 GG Wildlife Rescue shared photos of an olive python feeding on a freshwater crocodile and firmly reinforced my belief that nature is terrifying. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Python Swallowed a Crocodile Whole and the Pictures Are Terrifying," 18 July 2019 There’s also an olive grove, rose gardens, a guesthouse and a caretaker’s cottage. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Joe Montana Relists California Estate at 41% Discount," 10 July 2019 The bike trip stuck to the southeast corner of the island, spending a good bit of time in an area known as Val di Noto, brimming with olive groves, citrus fields and farmland dotted with stubby stone walls and giant rolls of golden hay. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "The honeymoon’s not over: A return to Sicily uncovers new reasons to fall in love with this alluring island," 8 July 2019

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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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