olive branch

noun

1
: a branch of the olive tree especially when used as a symbol of peace
2
: an offer or gesture of conciliation or goodwill

Examples of olive branch in a Sentence

The winner extended an olive branch to his opponent by calling him a great player.
Recent Examples on the Web On the same day Taylor's reputation tour kicked off in Phoenix, Perry extended a literal olive branch to the singer, who, perhaps, wasn't (ahem) ready for it. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, 5 Apr. 2024 There was significant local media attention given to President Xi’s meeting with US CEOs, his candor on the economy and opportunity for foreign investors/corporations, and an olive branch on mending US-China relations. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Vatican police estimate there were about 60,000 people in the crowd, many holding palms and olive branches during the service. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 25 Mar. 2024 Moscow concert attack:Survivors describe nightmare of fear and death The clerics, along with participants in a crowd estimated by Vatican police at about 60,000 people, held palm fronds and olive branches at the service. Philip Pullella, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2024 Despite the olive branch, a top advertising source expressed caution, comparing Netflix’s strategic moves to letting a fox into the henhouse. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2024 Six years after sending Swift a literal olive branch in 2018, Perry attended the Eras Tour in Sydney as a VIP guest. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 23 Feb. 2024 That year, Perry also sent Swift a literal olive branch. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2024 The regulations are meant to be an olive branch that addresses the companies’ complaints that the law, known as the Online News Act, exposes them to unknown financial liabilities. Randy Thanthong-Knight, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of olive branch was in the 14th century

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“Olive branch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20branch. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

olive branch

noun
1
: a branch of the olive tree especially when used as a symbol of peace
2
: something meant to show intentions of peace or goodwill
made a call to his former friend as an olive branch

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