Meaning of “olive” in the English Dictionary

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"olive" in British English

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olivenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɒl.ɪv/ us /ˈɑː.lɪv/

B1 a small bitter green or black fruit that is eaten or used to produce oil, or a Mediterranean tree on which this fruit grows:

olive groves

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  • I thought I'd dress up the frozen pizza with a few extra tomatoes and olives.
  • The oil which is extracted from olives is used for cooking.
  • These organic olives are packaged in recycled glass containers.
  • Peaches, plums, dates, avocados and olives all contain stones.
  • Grapes and olives are superabundant in this part of France.

(Definition of “olive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"olive" in American English

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olivenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈɑl·ɪv/

a small, oval fruit eaten raw or cooked or pressed to make oil, or the evergreen tree on which this fruit grows

Olive is also a dark, yellow-green color.

(Definition of “olive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)