olive oil


Definition of olive oil 

: a pale yellow to yellowish-green nondrying oil that is obtained from olives, is high in monounsaturated fat, and is used chiefly as a salad oil and in cooking

Examples of olive oil in a Sentence

a teaspoon of olive oil

Recent Examples on the Web

Let stand 10 minutes, then whisk in the olive oil until combined; season to taste with additional salt. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Repertoire: A salad for your summer salmon days," 4 June 2018 Peanut Butter, Banana, and Yogurt 'Pupsicles' 4 cups (32-ounce container) plain yogurt 1 large banana 4 tablespoons peanut butter Coconut or olive oil cooking spray Blend yogurt, banana, and peanut butter in blender. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Frozen 'Pupsicle' Treats for Your Special Pooch," 29 Aug. 2018 In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo wrestlers covered in olive oil fight in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Oil wrestling practiced with devotion in Greece," 4 July 2018 At times, the surroundings evoked Chianti, complete with vineyards and olive oil farms. Outside Online, "Riding 100 Miles* on a 102-Year-Old Bike," 12 June 2018 Better yet, swap in nutritious olive oil when sautéeing or drizzled over your veggies. Southern Living, "7 Surprising Foods Nutritionists Wish You Would Never Eat Again," 5 Feb. 2018 Sautee mushrooms in olive oil and a little bit of pesto. Team Captain Rebecca, Seventeen, "Study Break Dinner Idea: A Complete Meal In One Bowl!," 3 May 2012 Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, place on a sheet pan, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What’s on the Menu at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner? Chicken Pot Pie, of Course," 6 Nov. 2018 On rimmed baking sheet, toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Carrots with Cumin-Thyme Granola," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of olive oil

1566, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of olive oil

: a yellow to yellowish-green oil that is made from olives and used in cooking

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Medical Definition of olive oil 

: a pale yellow to yellowish green edible oil obtained from the pulp of olives that is high in monousaturated fatty acids and is used chiefly as a salad oil and in cooking, in toilet soaps, and as an emollient

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