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noun

a branch of the olive tree as an emblem of peace.
any token of peace.

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Origin of olive branch

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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British Dictionary definitions for olive branch

olive branch

noun

a branch of an olive tree used to symbolize peace
any offering of peace or conciliation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for olive branch

olive branch

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

notes for olive branch

An olive branch is now regarded as a sign of peace, as is the dove. (See hawks and doves.)
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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