(redirected from OLI)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms.


a dish of many ingredients; hodgepodge; medley or potpourri; miscellany: an olio of gadgets
Not to be confused with:
oleo – margarine: I prefer butter to oleo.
Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embree


n. pl. o·li·os
1. A heavily spiced stew of meat, vegetables, and chickpeas.
a. A mixture or medley; a hodgepodge.
b. A collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; a miscellany.
3. Vaudeville or musical entertainment presented between the acts of a burlesque or minstrel show.

[Alteration of Spanish olla, pot; see olla.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


n, pl olios
1. (Cookery) a dish of many different ingredients
2. a miscellany or potpourri
[C17: from Spanish olla stew, from Latin: jar]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈoʊ liˌoʊ)

n., pl. o•li•os.
1. a mixture of heterogeneous elements; potpourri; miscellany.
[1635–45; < Sp olla pot, stew < Latin olla, ōla pot, jar]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

Olio, Oglio

 a collection of miscellaneous pieces; a hotchpotch; a mixture; medley—Johnson, 1755.
Examples: olio of affairs, 1700; of all ages, 1847; of musical pieces; of partisan opinions, 1880; of pictures; of various religions, 1648; of verse.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:


The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
It was stated that Pudel will accompany PM Oli during latter's home coming on Friday.
He said: "There are clubs who will take Oli, we know that.
"I'm not trying to point the finger, but Oli, who had kindly invited me, did leave just before me.
Speaking after his side's6-1 pre-season win over Yeovil Townat Huish Park,Cooper said:"We heard quickly that that was the case (bid being rejected), but until I'm told anything different, I'll continue to work with Oli."
[Nepal], Dec 2( ANI ): Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli made a commitment to former Pakistan prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani that Nepal would facilitate the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Pakistan.
However, Oli said that the photo had 'such rude, negative, and uncalled-for comments about my pregnancy,' forcing Prats to turn off the comments section on the photo.
China and Nepal discussed cross-border railway connectivity yesterday as President Xi Jinping met Nepali Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and said that Beijing is ready to co-operate with the Himalayan nation under the framework of the Belt and Road (BR) initiative.
'It is difficult to proceed with such initiatives in the current circumstances,' he is believed to have told Oli when the latter raised the subject during their bilateral talks on Friday.
Oli, who has a long history of struggle for democracy in the country to his credit, including almost fourteen years in prison, is being seen as the most powerful prime minister of the country after the Panchayat era.
A presidential spokesman said Oli, who spent 14 years in jail for opposing the now-abolished monarchy in the 1970s and 1980s, was named prime minister hours after Sher Bahadur Deuba, whose party suffered a landslide defeat in the polls, resigned.
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari appointed the 65-year-old Oli as the country's 41st prime minister.