Definition of olio in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊlɪəʊ/

noun (plural olios)

1A highly spiced stew of various meats and vegetables originating from Spain and Portugal.
Example sentences
  • The key elements of this court style were the grosses entrées, the olios, the bisques, the terrines - all complicated dishes involving several meats with a strong, broth-based sauce and an elaborate garnish.
  • This was the age of ‘olios ' and ‘bisques', of lavish ingredients tumbled together with baroque magnificence.
2A miscellaneous collection of things.
2.1A variety act or show.


Mid 17th century: from Spanish olla 'stew', from Latin olla 'cooking pot'.

Words that rhyme with olio

folio, imbroglio, polio, portfolio

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