Definition of olive branch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


olive branch

BrE BrE//ˈɒlɪv brɑːntʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːlɪv bræntʃ//
[usually singular] Peacekeeping
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a symbol of peace; something you say or do to show that you wish to make peace with somebody Management is holding out an olive branch to the strikers. See related entries: Peacekeeping Word Originin refernce to the story of Noah in the Bible, Genesis 8:1, in which a dove returns with an olive branch after the Flood, taken as a symbol of peace after God's punishment of mankind.
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