noun, plural o·li·os.
1. a rich, Spanish stew consisting of meat and vegetables.
2. a collection of things; hodgepodge.
3. an incongruous mixture.
- a. a collection of artistic works; a miscellany.
- b. a specialty act, performed downstage while props and sets upstage are being changed.
- c. a vaudeville or similar performance, performed between the main acts of a minstrel or burlesque show.
- d. a variety act or show.
1635-45; < Spanish olla pot, stew < Latin olla, ōla pot, jar