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

Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Marley Marius, Vogue, "How to Throw a Spring Party, Four Seasons Restaurant-Style," 5 May 2019 Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Toast Everybody Should Be Talking About," 24 Jan. 2019 Wipe out skillet and heat butter and remaining olive oil over medium heat. Alison Roman, The Cut, "Forget Engagement Chicken. Meet Breakup Steak.," 6 June 2018 Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Delicious veggie tacos for Cinco de Mayo," 27 Apr. 2018 In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat, until shimmering. Gently toast pasta for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "2 spring-ready recipes for English peas," 13 Apr. 2018 In a separate skillet, heat pancetta (if using) and olive oil over low heat. Julia Moskin, charlotteobserver, "The art of the beef stew | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 Heat half the olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Toast Everybody Should Be Talking About," 24 Jan. 2019 Get a small saucepan and heat the olive oil over medium high heat. 2. Fox News, "Sara Carter's Cuban-Style Chicken Tacos," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of olive oil

1566, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of olive oil was in 1566

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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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