What does olive mean?

Definitions for olive
ˈɒl ɪvolive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. olivenoun

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

  2. olive, European olive tree, Olea europaeanoun

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

  3. olivenoun

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

  4. olivenoun

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

  5. oliveadjective

    a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation

  6. oliveadjective

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


  1. olivenoun

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

  2. olivenoun

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

  3. olivenoun

    The wood of the olive tree.

  4. olivenoun

    An olivary body, part of the medulla oblongata.

  5. olivenoun

    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. oliveadjective

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

  7. Olivenoun

    A female given name from English.

    And hear me swear a solemn oath, / That only by thy side / Will I to Olive plight my troth, / And gain her for my bride.

  8. Olivenoun

    A surname.

  9. Olivenoun

    A male given name from English.

  10. Etymology: Medieval form of the Latin saint's name Oliva "olive"; revived in the 19th century when flower and plant names became fashionable. The surname is topographical, often representing an Anglicization of continental European surnames such as Spanish Oliva.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Olivenoun

    A plant producing oil; the emblem of peace.

    Etymology: olive, Fr. olea, Lat.

    The leaves are for the most part oblong and ever-green; the flower consists of one leaf, the lower part of which is hollowed, but the upper part is divided into four parts; the ovary, which is fixed in the center of the flower cup, becomes an oval, soft, pulpy fruit, abounding with a fat liquor inclosing an hard rough stone. Philip Miller.

    To thee, heav’ns, in thy nativity,
    Adjudg’d an olive branch and laurel crown,
    As likely to be blest in peace and war. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    In the purlews of this forest, stands
    A sheepcote fenc’d about with olive trees. William Shakespeare.

    The seventh year thou shalt let it rest. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard and olive yard. Ex. xxiii. 11.

    He led
    Mutuscans from their olive bearing town,
    And all th’ Eretian pow’rs. John Dryden, Æn. viii.

    It is laid out into a grove, a vineyard, and an allotment for olives and herbs. Notes on the Odyssey.


  1. Olive

    The olive, botanical name Olea europaea, meaning 'European olive' in Latin, is a species of small tree or shrub in the family Oleaceae, found traditionally in the Mediterranean Basin. When in shrub form, it is known as Olea europaea 'Montra', dwarf olive, or little olive. The species is cultivated in all the countries of the Mediterranean, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, North and South America and South Africa. Olea europaea is the type species for the genus Olea. The tree and its fruit give their name to the Oleaceae plant family, which also includes species such as lilac, jasmine, forsythia, and the true ash tree. The olive's fruit, also called an "olive", is of major agricultural importance in the Mediterranean region as the source of olive oil; it is one of the core ingredients in Mediterranean cuisine. Thousands of cultivars of the olive tree are known. Olive cultivars may be used primarily for oil, eating, or both. Olives cultivated for consumption are generally referred to as "table olives". About 90% of all harvested olives are turned into oil, while about 10% are used as table olives.


  1. olive

    An olive is a small, oval-shaped fruit produced by the olive tree, native to the Mediterranean region. It is known for its high oil content, which is used in cooking, skincare products, and more. Olives are also commonly eaten whole, either fresh or pickled. They come in a variety of colors, including green, black and purple, depending on their stage of ripeness and the method of preparation. The olive tree itself is also valued for its wood and its symbolic significance in various cultures.


  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. olive

    A type of cultivar, plant, seed and tree created and cultivated in various species.

    Olives are grown to be eaten and they are also transformed into olive oil.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 6, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. OLIVE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Olive is ranked #6021 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Olive surname appeared 5,712 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Olive.

    71.9% or 4,111 total occurrences were White.
    16.4% or 939 total occurrences were Black.
    5.2% or 300 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3% or 175 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.5% or 145 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 42 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for olive »

  1. voile

  2. ovile

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  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

Examples of olive in a Sentence

  1. Howard Schultz:

    When we got together and started doing this ritual I said to [ Asaro ], I know Brady Brewer think I ’m going to be crazy, but have Brady Brewer ever thought of infusing a tablespoon of olive oil with Courtesy Starbucks coffee ? he thought Courtesy Starbucks was a little strange.

  2. Rima Kleiner:

    If you only eat a lobster bisque at restaurants, I encourage you to try this recipe. It's very simple, straightforward and puts your Instant Pot to good use, plus, I used less half-and-half than most recipes call for, swapped the olive oil for butter and relied on a lot of herbs and seasonings to add rich flavor. And it's so flavorful, you'll be the only one who knows this bisque is lightened up and nutrient-rich.

  3. Chris Dimizas:

    They want it in cash or they prefer to keep their olive oil in their tanks.

  4. Paul Ryan:

    I was excited when we got invited to attend his speech, i thought the president's invitation...was an olive branch.

  5. Douglas MacArthur:

    The Long Gray Line has never failed us, were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses, thundering those magic words :' Duty, honor, country.'.

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