Olive-branch meaning

A branch of an olive tree regarded as an emblem of peace.
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Such a branch offered as an emblem of peace.
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The branch of the olive tree, traditionally a symbol of peace.
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An offer of peace.

Bore an olive branch to the new round of negotiations.

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Any peace offering.
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Any symbol of peace, or peace offering to an adversary to show good will and in the hope of securing peace.
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Used other than as an idiom: A branch of an olive tree.
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Origin of olive-branch

  • With reference to classical myth, where the olivebranch was a symbol of peace and prosperity, merging with Biblical allusion to Genesis 8:11, where a dove returns to Noah's ark as a sign that the Flood is subsiding.

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