Word of the Day Archive
Saturday November 27, 2010
1. A mixture of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge.
2. A dish of many ingredients.
3. A medley or potpourri, as of musical or literary selections; miscellany.
Then I walked out, leaving the Polo Lounge to its standard olio of dealmakers, heartbreakers, and, I predicted, two morose cops who would run up a hefty bar tab before they stumbled out into perfect Beverly Hills.
-- John Vorhaus, The California Roll: A Novel
Mine was a small college with lots of trees and old buildings mixed with one particular new one plus an olio of former homes that were now part of the campus.
-- T. J. Donnelly, First You Hear Thunder: Coming of Age and Being Wide-Eyed in the Sixties
Olio enters English from Spanish and Portugese as "a medley dish."