olive branch

noun
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

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

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

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First Known Use of olive branch

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OLIVE BRANCH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of olive branch for English Language Learners

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



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