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olivette

[ol-uh-vet] /ˌɒl əˈvɛt/
noun, Theater.
1.
a large floodlight having a single bulb.
Also, olivet
[ol-uh-vet, ol-uh-vet] /ˌɒl əˈvɛt, ˈɒl əˌvɛt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of olivette
From French; See origin at olive, -ette
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  • On his return to London he created the character of the Duke in "olivette."

  • We were honored next day by a call from an officer of the olivette, with his assistant.

  • Like the valet in olivette, it was the time for disappearing.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • A chorus from olivette, sung in her clear contralto, grew fainter and fainter until it ended in the slam of a distant door.

    Beyond the City Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I knew the "olivette" was about to pull out, and if he expected to go on her it was high time he was moving.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • The "olivette," on which the correspondents sailed, was the last boat to leave Port Tampa.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • This, that he thought at the time to be an exclusively English invention, was the old Provenal dance of the olivette.

    Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886) Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • She is at the house of the Seneschal, and is surprised there by Valentine, who has climbed her balcony expecting to find olivette.

  • Valentine seizes his opportunity, passes himself off as the Captain, and marries olivette at the request of the Countess herself.

  • Both uncle and nephew then renounce olivette until the Countess returns and an explanation is made.

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