how to pronounce olive


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the above transcription of olive is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

olive is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of olive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… so what does olive oil and lasers have …”

meanings of olive


  1. A dark yellowish-green color, that of an unripe olive.
  2. Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; so called from the shape.
  3. A component of a plumbing compression joint; a ring which is placed between the nut and the pipe and compressed during fastening to provide a seal.
  4. An oystercatcher, a shore bird.
  5. A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and cooked.
  6. The wood of the olive tree.
  7. An olivary body, part of the medulla oblongata.
  8. A tree, Olea europaea, cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean for its fruit and the oil obtained from it.
  9. The small oval fruit of this tree, eaten ripe (usually black) or unripe (usually green).


  1. A female given name from English.
  2. A male given name from English.
  3. A surname​.


  1. Of a grayish green color, that of an unripe olive.

olive frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word olive occurs in english on average 39.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics olive can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that olive can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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