Olive - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɑːlɪv|  American pronunciation of the word olive
Brit.  |ˈɒlɪv|  British pronunciation of the word olive


- small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil
- evergreen tree cultivated in the Mediterranean region since antiquity and now elsewhere; has edible shiny black fruits
- hard yellow often variegated wood of an olive tree; used in cabinetwork
- one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish
- a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation


- of a yellow-green color similar to that of an unripe olive


a sauce made with chopped olives

Does the suit come in olive?

fats like butter and olive oil

Dribble olive oil over the warm bread before serving.

The vegetables were drizzled with olive oil.

...it's not a good idea to use olive oil to lubricate the gears in an appliance...

The winner extended an olive branch to his opponent by calling him a great player.

Her complexion was clear, but quite olive.

Olive dashed into the room, grabbed her bag, and ran out again.

Dribble a few drops of olive oil over the pizza.

For the best results use olive oil. Not just any olive oil, mind - only the finest quality will do.

Terraces of olive trees rose in tiers.

fish marinated in olive oil, garlic and vinegar

Her best customer of wine, olive oil and tobacco was Germany.

During World War I, she dressed as a doughboy in olive drab.

Word forms

singular: olive
plural: olives
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