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olive branch

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noun
  1. a branch of the olive tree as an emblem of peace.
  2. any token of peace.
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Origin of olive branch

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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Examples from the Web for olive branch

Historical Examples

  • As for the olive-branch, it is so large a butt that a child could not miss it at this distance.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • It bears the olive-branch in one hand, and the gleaming sword in the other.

  • 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

    Maurus Jokai

  • This poem was the olive-branch that Robert was about to snatch from the tomb.


British Dictionary definitions for olive branch

olive branch

noun
  1. a branch of an olive tree used to symbolize peace
  2. any offering of peace or conciliation
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olive branch in Culture

olive branch

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

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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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