What does olive mean?

Definitions for oliveˈɒl ɪv

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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


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Olive

    ol′iv, n. a tree cultivated round the Mediterranean for its oily fruit: its fruit: peace, of which the olive was the emblem: a colour like the unripe olive.—adj. of a brownish-green colour like the olive.—adjs. Olivā′ceous, olive-coloured: olive-green; Ol′ivary, like olives.—ns. Ol′ivenite, a mineral consisting chiefly of arsenic acid and protoxide of iron; Ol′ive-oil, oil pressed from the fruit of the olive; Ol′ive-yard, a piece of ground on which olives are grown; Ol′ivine, chrysolite.—Olive branch, a symbol of peace: (pl.) children (Ps. cxxviii. 4; Pr. Bk.). [Fr.,—L. oliva—Gr. elaia.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of olive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of olive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Julia Zumpano:

    If you don’t like olive oil, use walnut oil, i think peanut oil is fine, I think sunflower oil is fine – any of your polyunsaturated fatty acids.

  2. Jeff Varasano:

    I did a lot of crazy things to make a great pizza at home, i've tried over 100 flours, 100 olive oils, 100 tomatoes. I've sampled 51 different oreganos.

  3. Cynthia Sass:

    There are numerous delicious combinations, including bruschetta, roasted red pepper pesto, or simply sautéing tomatoes in olive oil with garlic and herbs to toss with lean protein and a small portion of whole grain pasta.

  4. Luigi Barzini:

    They eat the dainty food of gamous chefs with the same pleasure with which they devour gross peasant dishes, mostly composed of garlic and tomatoes, or fisherman's octopus and shrimps, fried in heavily scented olive oil on a little deserted beach.

  5. Matteo Boggio Robutti:

    Olive oil has to be kept into a dark bottle in order to preserve it from the action of the sunlight which strongly increases the oxidation quickly lowering the qualities of the olive oil, clear bottles are usually used to attract the clients with the color of the olive oil.

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