Oliver

[ol-uh-ver]
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noun

one of the 12 paladins of Charlemagne.Compare Roland.
JosephKing, 1885?–1938, U.S. cornet player, bandleader, and composer: pioneer in jazz.
a male given name.

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Oliver

noun

one of Charlemagne's 12 paladinsSee also Roland
Isaac. ?1556–1617, English portrait miniaturist, born in France: he studied under Hilliard and worked at James I's court
Jamie (Trevor). born 1975, British chef and presenter of television cookery programmes
Joseph, known as King Oliver. 1885–1938, US pioneer jazz cornetist
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Word Origin and History for oliver

Oliver

masc. personal name, in medieval lore the name of one of Charlemagne's peers, friend of Roland, from French Olivier, from Middle Low German Alfihar, literally "elf-host, elf-army," from alf "elf" (see elf) + hari "host, army" (see harry (v.)). Cognate with Anglo-Saxon name Ælfhere. Form influenced in Old French by olivier "olive tree."

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