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olé

[oh-ley] /oʊˈleɪ/
interjection
1.
(used as a shout of approval, triumph, or encouragement).
noun
2.
a cry of “olé.”.
Origin of olé
< Spanish (h)ole, probably of expressive orig.

ole-

1.
variant of oleo- before a vowel:
oleiferous.

-ole1

1.
a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, usually diminutives, and later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin or in Neo-Latin coinages:
areole; centriole; vacuole.
Origin
< French < Latin -olus, -ola, -olum, variant of -ulus -ule with stems ending in a vowel

-ole2

1.
a suffix used in names of chemical compounds, especially five-membered, unsaturated rings (carbazole; indole; thiazole) and, less systematically, aromatic ethers (anisole; safrole).
Also, -ol2 .
Origin
< French < Latin oleum oil
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Examples from the Web for ole
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Dar was an ole sow dar, an' perhaps eight or ten little pigs.

  • One of these was "ole Chariot," perhaps as a rhyme to the name by which they called her.

  • He's thinkin' the ole Diamon' Bar's goin' t' be one too many fer 'em.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • "I told you a week ago I wasn't going to that ole dance," he returned, frowning.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Well, ole feller, you just try and get quieted down some now.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for ole

OLE

abbreviation
1.
object linking and embedding: a system for linking and embedding data, images, and programs from different sources

olé

/əʊˈleɪ/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of approval or encouragement customary at bullfights, flamenco dancing, and other Spanish or Latin American events
noun
2.
a cry of olé
Word Origin
Spanish, from Arabic wa-llāh, from wa and + allāh God

-ole1

combining form
1.
denoting an organic unsaturated compound containing a 5-membered ring: thiazole
2.
denoting an aromatic organic ether: anisole
Word Origin
from Latin oleum oil, from Greek elaion, from elaia olive

-ole2

suffix
1.
indicating something small: arteriole
Word Origin
from Latin -olus, diminutive suffix
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Word Origin and History for ole

1922, from Spanish olé "bravo!"

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ole in Medicine

-ole or -ol
suff.

  1. A usually heterocyclic chemical compound containing a five-membered ring: pyrrole.

  2. A chemical compound, especially an ether, that does not contain hydroxyl: indole.

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