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Oliver

[ol-uh-ver]
noun
  1. one of the 12 paladins of Charlemagne.Compare Roland.
  2. JosephKing, 1885?–1938, U.S. cornet player, bandleader, and composer: pioneer in jazz.
  3. a male given name.
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  • Sir Oliver and Sir Nigel stood erect with hands crossed in front of the poop.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • It had been ready upon his tongue to tell him all when Sir Oliver had broken in upon them.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "Later, Sir Oliver," answered the old soldier, wiping his grimed face.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "There can be no manner of doubt about it," said Sir Oliver Buttesthorn.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "I should have thought the Spaniards would have caught him at it," said Oliver.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin


British Dictionary definitions for oliver

Oliver

noun
  1. one of Charlemagne's 12 paladinsSee also Roland
  2. Isaac. ?1556–1617, English portrait miniaturist, born in France: he studied under Hilliard and worked at James I's court
  3. Jamie (Trevor). born 1975, British chef and presenter of television cookery programmes
  4. 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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