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.”

In addition to the idiom beginning with king

, also see

  • live like a king


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