pi·​cho·​line ˌpē-shō-ˈlēn How to pronounce picholine (audio)
: a medium-sized brine-cured green olive of French origin

Examples of picholine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The picholine olive sauce is easy to make and adds delicious warm tangy flavors. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 2 Oct. 2020 Try the Leña ceviche, which has Hawaiian albacore, fresh lime, ginger, MightyVine tomatoes, picholine olives, spicy green chile and cilantro ($15). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, 4 May 2017 Green picholine olives stud the duck Bolognese sauce. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, 13 July 2017 But Herrou’s focus is no longer the picholines that grow on his trees. James McAuley, Orange County Register, 10 Feb. 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'picholine.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


French, from Occitan pichoulino

First Known Use

circa 1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of picholine was circa 1959

Dictionary Entries Near picholine

Cite this Entry

“Picholine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picholine. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!