Definitions for Oliveˈɒl ɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ol•iveˈɒl ɪv(n.)

  1. an evergreen tree, Olea europaea, of Mediterranean and other warm regions, cultivated chiefly for its fruit.

    Category: Plants

  2. the fruit of this tree, a small oval drupe, eaten as a relish and used as a source of oil.

    Category: Plants

  3. the wood of this tree.

    Category: Botany, Plants

  4. a wreath of its foliage.

  5. Ref: olive branch.

  6. the ocher green or dull yellow-green of the unripe olive fruit.

  7. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or made of olive or olives.

  8. of or tinged with the color olive.

Origin of olive:

1150–1200; ME < OF < L olīva

Princeton's WordNet

  1. olive(noun)

    small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil

  2. olive, European olive tree, Olea europaea(noun)

    evergreen tree cultivated in the Mediterranean region since antiquity and now elsewhere; has edible shiny black fruits

  3. olive(noun)

    hard yellow often variegated wood of an olive tree; used in cabinetwork

  4. olive(noun)

    one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish

  5. olive(adj)

    a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation

  6. olive(adj)

    of a yellow-green color similar to that of an unripe olive

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. olive(noun)ˈɒl ɪv

    a small green or black Mediterranean fruit, eaten or used to make oil

    cheese and olives; Olive oil is healthier.

  2. oliveˈɒl ɪv

    a yellowish green color

    a chair painted olive green

  3. olive(adjective)ˈɒl ɪv

    yellowish green in color

    olive green curtains

  4. oliveˈɒl ɪv

    (of skin) light brown and slightly yellow

    her beautiful dark eyes and olive skin


  1. olive(Noun)

    An evergreen tree, Olea europaea, cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean for its fruit and the oil obtained from it.

  2. olive(Noun)

    The small oval fruit of this tree, eaten ripe (usually black) or unripe (usually green).

  3. olive(Noun)

    The wood of the olive tree.

  4. olive(Noun)

    An olivary body, part of the medulla oblongata.

  5. olive(Noun)

    A component of a plumbing compression joint; a ring which is placed between the nut and the pipe and compressed during fastening to provide a seal.

  6. olive(Adjective)

    Of a grayish green color, that of an unripe olive.

  7. Olive(ProperNoun)



  1. Olive

    The olive is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, native to the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean Basin as well as northern Iraq, and northern Iran at the south of the Caspian Sea. Its fruit, also called the olive, is of major agricultural importance in the Mediterranean region as the source of olive oil. The tree and its fruit give its name to the plant family, which also includes species such as lilacs, jasmine, Forsythia and the true ash trees. The word derives from Latin olīva which is cognate with the Greek ἐλαία ultimately from Mycenaean Greek

Anagrams of Olive

  1. voile

Translations for Olive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of edible fruit which is used as a garnish etc and which gives oil used for cooking

He put an olive in her cocktail; (also adjective) an olive tree; olive oil.

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