- an evergreen tree, Olea europaea, of Mediterranean and other warm regions, cultivated chiefly for its fruit.Compare olive family.
- the fruit of this tree, a small oval drupe, eaten as a relish and used as a source of oil.
- Also called olive wood. the wood of this tree, valued for ornamental work.
- the foliage of this tree.
- a wreath of it.
- any of various related or similar trees.
- olive branch.
- the ocher green or dull yellow green of the unripe olive fruit.
- of, relating to, or made of olives, their foliage, or their fruit.
- of the color olive.
- tinged with this color: an olive complexion.
Origin of olive
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for olive
Rub the loin with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
Before “we” might offer “you” an olive branch, you must offer one to us.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, place on a sheet pan, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
Marston met Olive Byrne while a professor at Tufts and away from his wife.
Sadie Holloway and Olive Byrne lived out their days together.
I have kissed your olive wreath, where it hangs above our altar at home.
It was twined of Olympic olive leaves and Apollo's own laurel.
Garnish each fillet with a Spanish olive stuffed with anchovy.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
Now, having gone through the fruit course––and is not the olive a fruit?The Book of Khalid
But the fusillade had begun afresh, this time on the left, in the olive plantations.The Fortune of the Rougons
- an evergreen oleaceous tree, Olea europaea, of the Mediterranean region but cultivated elsewhere, having white fragrant flowers, and edible shiny black fruits
- the fruit of this plant, eaten as a relish and used as a source of olive oil
- the wood of the olive tree, used for ornamental work
- any of various trees or shrubs resembling the olive
- a yellow-green colour
- (as adjective)an olive coat
- an angler's name for the dun of various mayflies or an artificial fly in imitation of this
- of, relating to, or made of the olive tree, its wood, or its fruit
Word Origin and History for olive
c.1200, "olive tree," from Old French olive "olive, olive tree" (13c.) or directly from Latin oliva "olive, olive tree," from Greek elaia "olive tree, olive," probably from the same Aegean language (perhaps Cretan) as Armenian ewi "oil." Applied to the fruit or berry of the tree in English from late 14c. As a color from 17c. Olive branch as a token of peace is from early 13c.