An olive branch, the symbol of peace.
olive branch definition by Webster's New World
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- the branch of the olive tree, traditionally a symbol of peace
- any peace offering
olive branch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A branch of an olive tree regarded as an emblem of peace.
- An offer of peace: bore an olive branch to the new round of negotiations.
olive branch - Cultural Definition
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The branch brought by a dove to Noah's ark signifying that the flood was receding.
- An olive branch is now regarded as a sign of peace, as is the dove. (See hawks and doves.)
olive branch - Phrases/Idioms
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]