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

Example Sentences

a teaspoon of olive oil
Recent Examples on the Web Whisking constantly, slowly stream in the olive oil. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2023 Asparagus is grilled to stripy blackness, bathed in olive oil, given a grating of parmesan, then topped with breadcrumbs — and a sunnyside-up fried egg. Rand Richards Cooper, Hartford Courant, 3 Jan. 2023 While the water is doing its thing, set a separate large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and pour in the olive oil. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Nov. 2022 So what does the real Mo Amer look for in olive oil? Jason Diamond, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Nov. 2022 Tastes great sauteed in olive oil with a little salt too. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 14 Nov. 2022 This could be done in the home quite simply by soaking decarboxylated cannabis flowers in olive oil. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 For lunch, Pépin feasts on a tomato from his garden, cradled in olive oil and blessed with coarse salt. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2022 Dutch oven cook poblano pepper in olive oil about 5 minutes or until tender. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of olive oil was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Olive oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20oil. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

olive oil

: a pale yellow to yellowish green oil obtained from the pulp of olives and used especially as a salad oil, in cooking, and in soaps

Medical Definition

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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