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Oliver

[ol-uh-ver] /ˈɒl ə vər/
noun
1.
one of the 12 paladins of Charlemagne.
Compare Roland.
2.
Joseph ("King") 1885?–1938, U.S. cornet player, bandleader, and composer: pioneer in jazz.
3.
a male given name.
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  • I say, don't you think Oliver ought to be here—if anything's going to happen?

    I'll Leave It To You Noel Coward
  • "Later, Sir Oliver," answered the old soldier, wiping his grimed face.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • That was Oliver's hard task now, to say goodby to all, hardest of all to those of his father's house.

    The Story of a Life J. Breckenridge Ellis
  • "But I don't understand--" began Oliver, looking about the circle of listening Indians.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Hurriedly resuming his walk, Oliver passed Loman with averted eyes, and went on his way.

British Dictionary definitions for Oliver

Oliver

/ˈɒlɪvə/
noun
1.
one of Charlemagne's 12 paladins See also Roland
2.
Isaac. ?1556–1617, English portrait miniaturist, born in France: he studied under Hilliard and worked at James I's court
3.
Jamie (Trevor). born 1975, British chef and presenter of television cookery programmes
4.
Joseph, known as King Oliver. 1885–1938, US pioneer jazz cornetist
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Word Origin and History for Oliver

masc. personal name, in medieval lore the name of one of Charlemagne's peers, friend of Roland, from French Olivier, from Middle Low German Alfihar, literally "elf-host, elf-army," from alf "elf" (see elf) + hari "host, army" (see harry (v.)). Cognate with Anglo-Saxon name Ælfhere. Form influenced in Old French by olivier "olive tree."

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