Definition of olive noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒlɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːlɪv//
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  1. 1 [countable] a small green or black fruit with a strong taste, used in cooking and for its oil
  2. 2 (also olive tree) [countable] a tree on which olives grow olive groves See related entries: Plants
  3. 3 (also olive green) [uncountable] a yellowish-green colour More Like This Colour compounds baby blue, china-blue, cobalt blue, electric blue, ice-blue, midnight blue, navy blue, peacock blue, petrol blue, powder blue, royal blue, sky-blue blood-red, cherry red, pillar-box red, wine red bottle-green, emerald green, jade green, lime green, olive-green, pea-green, sea-green lemon yellow, primrose yellow lily-white, snow-white coal-black, jet black, pitch-black charcoal grey, iron-grey, slate-grey rose pink, salmon pink, shocking pink nut-brownSee worksheet.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia, from elaion ‘oil’.
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