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.
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.
- sub·ol·ive, adjective
Other definitions for Olive (2 of 2)
a female given name.
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How to use olive in a sentence
For this recipe, I speed up the process by quick-roasting cherry or grape tomatoes whole with dashes of salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar.How to make a wonderful BLT with out-of-season tomatoes | Daniela Galarza | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
This simple mash brightens the vegetable’s subtle taste with the addition of lemon zest and juice, and good extra-virgin olive oil adds both fat and flavor.Potatoes aren’t the only vegetables you should be mashing | Aaron Hutcherson | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
This simple mash brightens the vegetable's subtle taste with the addition of lemon zest and juice, and good extra-virgin olive oil adds both fat and flavor.Mashed celery root shines in this bright vegan side dish | Aaron Hutcherson | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
Usually, I start with a sheet pan of root vegetables tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs.
Fold the edges of the pastry around the filling and brush it lightly with the olive oil.Wrap leftover roasted root vegetables in phyllo for a quick, crispy galette | Ann Maloney | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Rub the loin with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil.
Add olive oil to the pan and toss in the garlic and chili flake.
The charismatic bearded revolucionario dressed in a dark olive uniform promised to restore order and hold elections.
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 | Jay Michaelson | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was deep twilight in the room, and rather cold, for the eucalyptus and olive logs in the fireplace still awaited the match.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
It seems that Mr. Adams would have presented the sword boldly, keeping the olive branch carefully concealed behind his back.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
Burn the male olive-branch and the pine twig and juniper, and let the blazing laurel crackle amid the hearth.The Religion of Ancient Rome | Cyril Bailey
He wore an olive green coat, yellow waistcoat, and light grey trousers, strapped over his boots.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
He was handsome, with the olive-tinted warmth of his southern homefairly tall, straight-limbed and lithea picture of poetic grace.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
British Dictionary definitions for olive
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
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