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olive branch

a branch of the olive tree as an emblem of peace.
any token of peace.
Origin of olive branch
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was towards a group of islands in the eastern Pacific that the olive branch was now holding its course.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose William H. G. Kingston
  • The dove did not bring the olive branch of her own volition.

  • She felt as if the whole affair were a dream from which she might at any moment awake on board the olive branch again.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • I am sure that it bears to the world the olive branch of peace.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • Below these words there is very prettily engraved a dove, with an olive branch in her bill.

British Dictionary definitions for olive branch

olive branch

a branch of an olive tree used to symbolize peace
any offering of peace or conciliation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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olive branch in Culture

olive branch definition

The branch brought by a dove to Noah's ark signifying that the flood was receding.

Note: An olive branch is now regarded as a sign of peace, as is the dove. (See hawks and doves.)
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Idioms and Phrases with olive branch

olive branch

A symbol of peace, an offering of good will, as in They feuded for years, but finally the Hatfields came over bearing an olive branch. This term is alluded to in the Bible (Genesis 8:11), where the dove comes to Noah after the flood with an olive leaf in its mouth. [ c. 1600 ]
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