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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
1275-1325; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for olive-branch
Historical Examples
  • Upon an urn are leaning two figures of Innocence and Peace, having the emblems in their hands, the dove and 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 Raphael Sabatini
  • A truly noble offer of the olive-branch must not be misinterpreted.

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

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • Thus my dove had brought me two leaves of the olive-branch, namely, life and liberty; but how about the third?

  • 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
  • She nursed the "Wanted" columns of the Telegraph ostentatiously for a day or two, and waited for the olive-branch.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • The olive-branch indeed has neither leaf nor fruit, but it is still an olive-branch.

  • I don't know but I prefer the 'waving of the bloody shirt' to this flaunting of the olive-branch.

  • I bear the olive-branch like the turtle-dove,' he continued, smiling. '

    The Orange Girl Walter Besant
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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