olive branch

noun

Definition of olive branch

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 This matte vinyl wallpaper comes in three different colors and features a playful olive branch design that works with a variety of decor styles. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2022 And Bowman, of all people, offered an olive branch by backtracking on a reprimand directed at Crawford. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 2022 Check the point above about extending that inclusion olive branch and note opportunities to improve our inclusive leadership skills. Simone Morris, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The boycott officially ended in 2005, without so much as an olive branch from Burbank. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Whaley, in a speech at her Dayton headquarters, extended an olive branch to Republicans who voted for DeWine’s primary opponents, including ex-U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and Columbus-area farmer Joe Blystone. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 3 May 2022 And while key lawmakers hope for a compromise between the administration and the State Contracting Standards Board, an olive branch from the governor — beefing up the state auditors of public accounts — isn’t likely to solve the dispute. Keith M. Phaneuf, courant.com, 16 Feb. 2022 The move would serve as a sort of political olive branch to the mining industry, which feels it has been shunned amid the Biden administration’s push to embrace the green energy transition and on-shoring of domestic production capabilities. Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg.com, 30 Mar. 2022 Israel first authorized the sale of the system to the U.A.E. as something of an olive branch, after Mossad agents poisoned a senior Hamas operative in a Dubai hotel room in 2010. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of olive branch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Jul 2022

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“Olive branch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20branch. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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