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

Salads are also in the mix, including the $11 Gioia Chop made with radicchio, salami, ricotta salata, chickpeas, cukes, olives and walnuts. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Gioia Pizzeria opens New York-style slice shop in Hayes Valley," 7 June 2019 One brings a Mediterranean flair with roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and tarragon, and the other has subtle hints of Japan with ponzu and radishes. Emily Spicer, ExpressNews.com, "Give your potato salad a global upgrade this cookout season," 4 June 2019 For olive and dark skin tones, pick a bronzer with orange undertones. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Exactly How You Should Apply Bronzer," 30 Jan. 2019 Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, picked up the artichoke, olive and tapenade roll from the chain’s Heathrow Terminal 5 outlet before going on holiday, the hearing was told. Fox News, "Teen with severe allergy died after eating baguette with hidden sesame seeds, family claims," 24 Sep. 2018 Look for tasty black Niçoise or Gaeta olives and briny green Lucques or Castelvetranos. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "This hefty steak is light enough for August," 20 Aug. 2018 Antoniou Family Olive Press: This olive-oil maker is one of the most famous on the Island. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Your Getaway Guide to Skopelos Island, Where "Mamma Mia" Was Filmed," 9 Oct. 2018 Add olives, capers, tomatoes, and tomato sauce; cook for another hour, covered. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, "Revisiting New York Magazine’s First Issue," 8 Apr. 2018 Toss beans with grape tomatoes, pitted Kalamata olives, anchovies, and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Salmon with Tomatoes and Green Beans," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Korbee says that the two best oils for frying eggs are olive and canola. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make the Perfect Fried Egg Every Time," 8 Apr. 2019 Gigi opted for an olive plaid suit, a shimmery transparent top and black bra, and a Youssef Lahlou hat. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid Wore the Chicest Looks to Marc Jacobs's Wedding," 7 Apr. 2019 The olive groves that surround this Sonoma, California, home are quite literally the stuff of legend. House Beautiful, "Patrick Printy Designed This California Home to Bring the Great Outdoors Into Every Room," 19 Apr. 2019 It's apparently packed with emollients like olive extract, as well as light-diffusing powders that create that an incredible airbrushed effect. Glamour, "This Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick Makes My Face Look Instantly Poreless," 8 Mar. 2019 But there's something about this dark chocolate shade that looks striking and moody against her green eyes and olive skin tone. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Emma Stone Just Swapped Her Signature Red Hair for a Totally New Look," 22 Jan. 2019 The voluminous strapless number consisted of a blush pink bustier, olive sash at the waist, and silver full skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Swedish Princesses Showed Off Epic Royal Style at the Nobel Prize Ceremony," 10 Dec. 2018 Photo: Dylan Gordon for The Wall Street Journal Roberta Jaffe, who with her husband, Steve Gliessman, runs a small family vineyard and olive orchard nearby, is concerned warming weather is already making water more scarce and valuable. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards—and the Water Underneath," 10 Dec. 2018 The Duchess first appeared yesterday sporting an olive trench coat from Club Monaco, black jeans, and suede booties from Stuart Weitzman. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears Back-to-Back Casual Outfits on the Royal Tour in New Zealand," 29 Oct. 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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The first known use of olive was in 1600

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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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