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 The mission insignia — an eagle landing on the moon with an olive branch in its talons — was largely Collins’ creation. Jessica Gresko, Anchorage Daily News, "Astronaut Michael Collins, pilot on first Apollo moon landing mission, dies at age 90," 28 Apr. 2021 The mission insignia — an eagle landing on the moon with an olive branch in its talons — was largely Collins’ creation. Jessica Gresko, Chron, "Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 11 pilot, dead of cancer," 28 Apr. 2021 The mission patch that adorned his, Aldrin’s and Armstrong’s suits — an eagle holding an olive branch over the pockmarked lunar surface — was largely his design. Washington Post, "Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut, dies at 90," 28 Apr. 2021 Consider the surreally sized, 7½-inch repoussé gilded brass Schiaparelli dove, bearing an olive branch that Lady Gaga wore at the presidential inauguration in January. Linda Dyett New York Times, Star Tribune, "Brooches are back, and men are driving the movement," 16 Apr. 2021 That move was viewed as an olive branch to companies like Tile. Washington Post, "With AirTags, Apple launches a new product--and invites antitrust scrutiny," 20 Apr. 2021 Keeping true to his commitment to leave the party’s prior adversarial tone in the past, Null offered an olive branch to his opponent and other party members who fell short in their races. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake County Republicans elect Chris Null as their new chair," 10 Apr. 2021 If celebrity men don’t make brooches’ resurgence clear enough, consider the surreally sized, seven-and-a-half-inch repoussé gilded brass Schiaparelli dove, bearing an olive branch, that Lady Gaga wore at the presidential inauguration in January. New York Times, "The Brooch Is Back, Baby," 24 Mar. 2021 Worst of all, though, the Biden administration has extended this olive branch to Tehran following a report this month revealing that the International Atomic Energy Agency found new Iranian uranium-metal production in excess of JCPOA limits. The Editors, National Review, "Biden’s Policy of Weakness Toward Iran," 21 Feb. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20branch. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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olive branch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of olive branch

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

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