- Mount of, a small ridge E of Jerusalem, in what is now Jordan. Highest point, 2737 feet (834m).
- 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 olives
They just hung around the Mount of Olives evangelizing themselves.Up To A Point: My Problem With People Who Agree With Me
P. J. O’Rourke
July 20, 2014
She remembers the house where she lived with her family and the garden where they grew tomatoes, lemons and olives.The Little Syrian Girl With a Bullet in Her Head
November 29, 2013
We live on the Augusta Victoria campus on the Mount of Olives.Life After AIPAC's False Dichotomies
September 4, 2013
The olives in the martinis “are as cold as a walk along Park Avenue in January,” Wells rhapsodized.Guy Fieri Battles Scathing New York Times Review by Pete Wells
November 16, 2012
Two more outside the Old City, the Mount of Olives and Silwan, are highly valued by the Israeli state.The PA's Pitiable Strategy
July 12, 2012
It is situated at the foot of the Mount of Olives, on the way to Jericho.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
I drew three Leadings-forth and two Mounts of Olives on five half-sheets.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Some of the olives that were prepared to be eat green, were as good as those of Provence.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Strain the sauce over the olives, and put the vegetables in the centre.The Skilful Cook
"I will have no more to do with figs or olives either," cried out Herr Ignaz.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
- Mount of Olives a hill to the east of Jerusalem: in New Testament times the village Bethany (Mark 11:11) was on its eastern slope and Gethsemane on its western one
- 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 olives
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.