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Definition of 'olive'


  1. small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil
  2. evergreen tree cultivated in the Mediterranean region since antiquity and now elsewhere; has edible shiny black fruits
       Synonyms: European olive tree Olea europaea
  3. hard yellow often variegated wood of an olive tree; used in cabinetwork
  4. one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish
  5. a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation


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

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