olive

noun
ol·ive | \ˈä-liv, -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

After the service, families of the dead planted an olive tree on the cathedral grounds, using compost made from floral tributes left by mourners after the attack. Jill Lawless, USA TODAY, "1 year after carnage on London bridge, victims' families and survivors pay tribute," 3 June 2018 Next door, the airy tasting room for Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, founded by pioneering county wine-maker Richard Sanford, incorporates reclaimed Douglas fir, ironwork, and a live olive tree into a converted warehouse. Matt Jaffe, Los Angeles Magazine, "What to Drink, Eat, and See on a Weekend Wine Getaway to the Santa Ynez Valley," 26 Apr. 2018 Now my mother is making over the garden in rambling color, overwriting its history, once again, with olive trees, a fig, kitchen herbs, and a jacaranda. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Walking Through the Past Into New Motherhood," 10 Apr. 2018 Next to an outdoor spigot, an olive tree is draped with drying baby clothes. John Wendle, Scientific American, "The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees," 17 Dec. 2015 In a mini blender combine 1 cup of 100% tomato juice, half of a medium fresh zucchini, 1 tablespoon of juice from all natural jarred olives, ⅛ teaspoon Italian herb seasoning, 1/16 teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/16 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Add the olives and toss the panzanella once again before tearing in the green basil leaves. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "How to Host a Gorgeous Summer Dinner Party Without Cooking," 22 June 2018 Markle wore a monochrome olive Ralph Lauren look for the private celebration, which honored Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Green Givenchy Look While Visiting Ireland with Prince Harry," 10 July 2018 Add tomatoes here and there, then tuck in onion slices and olives. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Spanish tuna salad with tomatoes, eggs, olives, and onions will become your summer standby," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Now 131 North St, Healdsburg; 707-723-4646 Where to Eat and Drink Set into a hillside overlooking a 33-acre olive grove, the bar terrace at this 35-year-old Relais & Châteaux resort is one of the most pleasant places around to imbibe. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 The olive jar was 0.76 of a pound and the jam jar was 0.48 of a pound. Victoria Adams Fogg, Washington Post, "I tried reducing my trash. You can, too. Start by examining it.," 7 July 2018 The muffuletta, made with prosciutto, capicola, shaved Parmesan, and olive salad, could easily be mistaken for an extra-spicy Italian combo. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Lowerline and Café Booqoo Translate Classics of New Orleans Cuisine," 28 June 2018 Scott Pask’s bare-boards set, lighted with nowhere-to-hide clarity by Adam Honoré, consists of some sheets of parachute silk and olive-drab packing crates, which are put to multifarious use. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Bad Girl Makes Good in a Glorious ‘Carmen Jones’," 27 June 2018 Divide the pasta among 4 shallow bowls and top with the remaining sauce, shrimp, and olive mixture. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Toss spicy Italian puttanesca with shrimp and angel hair in this sublime summer dish," 18 June 2018 The materials look good, particularly the Advance package’s open-pore olive ash wood and metal accents. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Acura RDX review: Value, power drive SUV forward," 27 June 2018 At the merchandise stands, olive-green T-shirts with snakes on the front pocket were $50. New York Times, "Taylor Swift Begins Her ‘Reputation’ Tour, Taking on Foes and Her Old Self," 9 May 2018 Her heels were olive suede pumps from Manolo Blahnik. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "All the details on Duchess Meghan's week of flawless fashion," 12 July 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 \

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 \

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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