- the branch of the olive tree, traditionally a symbol of peace
- any peace offering
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- 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
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.)