Definition of olivette in English:



  • A small oval weight threaded on a fishing line.

    • ‘A tungsten olivette is used as a main weight with a small dropper shot between the olivette and the hook. To fish this lake, I would first bait up with some hemp with a few hook bait samples close in, in not more than 6ft of water.’
    • ‘The olivette is more dense and streamlined than split shot.’
    • ‘Below the olivette I place a couple of number 6 shot spaced out.’
    • ‘However they used tungsten olivettes instead of shot to stop the fish taking the shot, as they can mistake shot for hemp.’
    • ‘You will also need some olivettes for rigs over 0.75 gram, as these will reduce the amount of shot required on the line.’
    • ‘Put the bulk shot or an olivette about 18 inches from the hook and a dropper about 8 inches from the hook.’
    • ‘I have over the years replaced bulk shot with tungsten olivettes.’
    • ‘Remember to get some big olivettes as well as these perform much better than a string of shot.’
    • ‘The tungsten olivette is placed about 2ft from the hook.’
    • ‘The modern crow-quill polystyrene bodied Avon float with these tungsten olivettes make a very effective fast water float that is easily used.’
    • ‘The float is cocked with a tungsten olivette placed about 18 inches from the hook with two number 6 shot as droppers to improve bait presentation.’
    • ‘On the Thames, these floats are used with a small tungsten olivette placed near the hook to be fished over-depth and held back.’


Early 19th century (in the sense ‘an oval button or bead’).