Definition of olio in US English:



  • 1A highly spiced stew of various meats and vegetables originating from Spain and Portugal.

    Also called olla podrida
    • ‘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.

    mixture, blend, medley, melange, miscellany, mixed bag, pot-pourri, mosaic, patchwork, mix, compound, composite, collection, motley collection, assortment, conglomeration, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, jumble, ragbag, mishmash, farrago, hash
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    1. 2.1 A variety act or show.


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