Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

olive branch

noun

Simple Definition of olive branch

  • : something that is said or done to make peace or to show that you want peace : a symbol of peace

Full Definition of olive branch

  1. 1 :  a branch of the olive tree especially when used as a symbol of peace

  2. 2 :  an offer or gesture of conciliation or goodwill

Examples of olive branch

  1. The winner extended an olive branch to his opponent by calling him a great player.



14th Century

First Known Use of olive branch

14th century

Rhymes with olive branch


Learn More about olive branch


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up olive branch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ