plural olios
: olla podrida sense 1
The Spanish restaurant offered an olio containing a variety of ingredients.
: a miscellaneous mixture : hodgepodge
… an incredible bourgeois olio of fancy stonework, stained glass, and light-opera staircases …R. H. Rovere
: a miscellaneous collection (as of literary or musical selections)
This olio of broadsides, speeches, letters, poems, and other documents …S. R. Slaton

Example Sentences

the performance was an old-fashioned olio of songs, dances, and puppetry

Word History


modification of Spanish olla

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of olio was circa 1842

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“Olio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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