- a branch of the olive tree as an emblem of peace.
- any token of peace.
Origin of olive branch
Examples from the Web for olive branch
Historical Examples of olive branch
As for the olive-branch, it is so large a butt that a child could not miss it at this distance.The Sea-Hawk
It bears the olive-branch in one hand, and the gleaming sword in the other.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
Some day I know she will hold out the olive-branch, but what if he refuses it?The Call of the Blood
Robert Smythe Hichens
"I come bearing the olive-branch, Princess," he began, in smooth accents.Manasseh
This poem was the olive-branch that Robert was about to snatch from the tomb.My Recollections of Lord Byron
- a branch of an olive tree used to symbolize peace
- any offering of peace or conciliation
The branch brought by a dove to Noah's ark signifying that the flood was receding.
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]