noun, plural o·li·os.
- a specialty act performed downstage while the upstage set is changed.
- a performance, as a musical number, presented between scenes or acts.
- drop scene(def 1).
- a program of variety acts, especially the second half of a minstrel show.
Origin of olio
Examples from the Web for olio
The result was Olio Lusso, a blend of eleven essential oils derived from flowers and botanicals.65-Year-Old Linda Rodin Named the Newest Model for The Row|Justin Jones|January 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some other recommendations are Las Brisas from Jorge Ordoñez, Yellingbo Gold unfiltered, Rainieri, Olio Verde, and Trampetti.
I might indeed, following the example of the Sunday newsmonger, call it the Olio.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
Though I do not doubt but they are an olio of lies and scandal, I should like to see them.The Ladies|E. Barrington
I must have an olio pot,' she said, 'an olio pot, and the heaviest one.The Queen Pedauque|Anatole France
But I have such an olio of affairs, really I know not what to do.The Way of the World|William Congreve
If you could do anything at all, Hannah, you'd lead a chorus and go in the olio.The Happy End|Joseph Hergesheimer
noun plural olios
Word Origin for olio
medley dish of Iberian origin, 1640s, from Spanish olla, Portuguese olha, both from Vulgar Latin olla "pot, jar." Sense transferred to "any mixture or medley."