Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A heavily spiced stew of meat, vegetables, and chickpeas.
  • noun A mixture or medley; a hodgepodge.
  • noun A collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; a miscellany.
  • noun Vaudeville or musical entertainment presented between the acts of a burlesque or minstrel show.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A savory dish composed of a great variety of ingredients, as stewed meat, herbs, etc.
  • noun A mixture; a medley.
  • noun A miscellany; a collection of various pieces: chiefly applied to a musical collection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A dish of stewed meat of different kinds.
  • noun A mixture; a medley.
  • noun (Mus.) A collection of miscellaneous pieces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A rich, thick, Spanish stew consisting of meat and vegetables.
  • noun A mixture or medley, a hotchpotch.
  • noun A collection of various musical, theatrical or other artistic works; a miscellany.
  • noun By extension of the above, Vaudeville or similar miscellaneous musical or theatrical entertainment skits presented between the main acts of minstrel or burlesque shows.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of Spanish olla, pot; see olla.]

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From Spanish olla or Portuguese olha, both from Latin olla ("pot, jar").

Examples

  • By that time the sediment in olio nuovo will have begun to oxidize in a dark pool at the bottom of the bottle, and the oil will become rancid.

    Domestic Reserves

  • By that time the sediment in olio nuovo will have begun to oxidize in a dark pool at the bottom of the bottle, and the oil will become rancid.

    Domestic Reserves

  • After each show there would be " a ten-minute ' olio ' segment, " with an actor or two coming out to perform their specialties.

    You

  • We don ' t learn from Mr. Martin why actors and comedians refer to such little routines as " olio " acts.

    You

  • Behind the tormentors is a curtain called the "olio," which fulfills the triple purpose of hiding the rest of the stage, serving as scenery for acts in One and often as a curtain to raise and lower on acts playing in the space back of One.

    Writing for Vaudeville

  • "brightest eyes that ever have shone" glitter yet more gloriously, till in their nearer and dearer splendor a Chaldean would forget the stars; and the "sweetest lips that ever were kissed" sip the creaming Verzenay, or savor the delicate "olio," with a keener honesty of zest.

    Border and Bastille

  • Cupboard love: Nigel Slater's classic spaghettini aglio e olio.

    Nigel Slater's classic spaghettini aglio e olio

  • Anyhow, my favorite quick/healthy/easy meal as of late is usually some sort of variation on the olio e aglio pasta (oil and garlic).

    Weeknight Meal: Scrambled Pasta

  • While the Kinshaya envoy, Patriarch Radrigi, remained conspicuously mute, the Gorn, Tholian, and Breen diplomats filled the room with a discordant olio of hisses, chirps and clicks, and electronic warbles.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire

  • The simplest and most basic of all pasta suppers, spaghettini aglio e olio is made from ingredients most of us have in the cupboard.

    Nigel Slater's classic spaghettini aglio e olio

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  • Miscellany; potpourri. (from Phrontistery)

    May 24, 2008

  • As, added he, now only ask your carrier what sort of a man I am. By all the powers of seasoning! I would defy the best cook in Madrid or Toledo to make an olio at all to be compared to mine.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 12

    October 10, 2008

  • Italian - oil.

    November 1, 2008