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Definition of "olive branch" []

  • A branch of an olive tree regarded as an emblem of peace. (noun)
  • An offer of peace: bore an olive branch to the new round of negotiations. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "olive branch" in a sentence
  • "Relieved, I decided to offer an olive branch to Iris."
  • "Three gold olive-branch pins, exact replicas of the gold olive branch in the packet that Aldrin tossed down at the last minute to the lunar surface during the EVA."
  • "In the first, which he called An Address to the Irish People, and wrote during the first week of his residence in Ireland, he commences by eulogizing the Irish, explains to them that all religions are good which make men good, and shows that, being neither Protestant nor Catholic, he can offer the olive branch to each."