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olive branch

noun
1.
a branch of the olive tree as an emblem of peace.
2.
any token of peace.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English
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Examples from the web for olive branch
  • The olive branch and the arrows denote both peace and war.
  • It is still harder to know what to make of a more eccentric offer of a sporting olive branch.
  • He had a secret cipher of his own, though, a dove with an olive branch.
  • The left foot of the eagle shall grasp a sheaf of arrows, the right foot shall grasp an olive branch showing three red berries.
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 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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