Olive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Medieval form of the Latin saint's name Oliva "olive"; revived in the 19th century when flower and plant names became fashionable. The surname is topographical, often representing an Anglicization of continental European surnames such as Spanish Oliva.

Proper noun[edit]

Olive

  1. A female given name.
    • 1842 Alfred Tennyson, The Talking Oak:
      And hear me swear a solemn oath, / That only by thy side / Will I to Olive plight my troth, / And gain her for my bride.
    • 1850 Dinah Craik, Olive, Chapman and Hall, page 26:
      "Elspie, I have a thought! The baby shall be christened Olive!"
      "It's a strange, heathen name, Mrs. Rothesay."
      "Not at all. Listen how I chanced to think of it. This very morning, just before you came to waken me, I had such a queer, delicious dream. [ - - - ] Then I looked up, after awhile, and saw standing at the foot of the bed a little angel—a child-angel—with a green olive-branch in its hand. [ - - - ] "
    • 2006 Alice Munro, The View from Castle Rock, Chatto & Windus, ISBN 0701179899, pages 227-228:
      There was Olive, a soft drowsy girl who didn't like me because I called her Olive Oyl. Even after I was made to apologize she didn't like me.
  2. A surname​.
  3. (rare) A male given name.

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German[edit]

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Noun[edit]

Olive f (genitive Olive, plural Oliven)

  1. olive (fruit)

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