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



    BrE BrE//ˈɒlɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːlɪv//
    jump to other results
  1. 1(also olive-green) yellowish-green in colour a dark olive green carpet
  2. 2(of skin) yellowish-brown in colour an olive complexion The thin straps revealed the pale olive tone of her shoulders.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia, from elaion ‘oil’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: olive