- a masculine name
- one of Charlemagne's twelve peers, a friend of Roland
Origin of OliverFrench Olivier: form assimilated to Old French olivier, olive tree ; from Classical Latin olivarius, but probably ; from Middle Low German alfihar, literally , elf-army ; from alf, elf + hari, a host, army
- 1599-1658; Eng. revolutionary leader & head (Lord Protector) of the Commonwealth (1653-58)
- 1626-1712; Lord Protector of the Commonwealth (1658-59): son of Oliver
- Earl of Essex 1485?-1540; Eng. statesman
- (born Norvell Hardy) 1892-1957; U.S. film comedian: teamed with Stan Laurel
- 1840-1928; Eng. novelist & poet
- (archaic, rare) A small tilt hammer, worked by the foot.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Old French Olivier, by folk etymology shaped to look like Late Latin olivarius (“olive tree"), but probably representing a West Germanic form of Old Norse Ã“leifr (“ancestral + relic") (modern Olaf and Olof), or Proto-Germanic *ala- + *wÄ“raz (“true") (modern Alvar, Ãlvaro). Name of a paladin of Charlemagne in medieval French romance.