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.
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    • 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'.

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