Definition of olive branch in English:

olive branch

noun

  • An offer of reconciliation.

    ‘the government is holding out an olive branch to the demonstrators’
    • ‘But the threat of major disruption to travel will hang over passengers until next Thursday when the four unions at the company meet to discuss a joint response to the minister's olive branch.’
    • ‘Even had he chosen not to thank anyone, he could perhaps have offered an olive branch, and admitted that while mistakes have been made, and will continue to be made, it is only together that we can go forward.’
    • ‘His offer of an olive branch should bring to an end the bizarre rift which opened up between the two men last week when they were attending Tartan Day celebrations in the United States.’
    • ‘The sis and I thought we'd do the noble thing and suggest we all meet for discussion, extend that olive branch, that family was too important to let things end like this.’
    • ‘While forgiveness might be good for the soul, it needs both sides to proffer that olive branch, and that is not really happening.’
    • ‘He told them the party had offered an olive branch and reconciliation to Lucky after she introduced professional and personal integrity at their caucus.’
    • ‘Angry commuters rallying for extra parking spaces at Salisbury railway station were offered an olive branch this week.’
    • ‘By electing a senior Islamic cleric, the cardinals could avoid exacerbating the split in the divided Catholic church, while simultaneously holding out an olive branch to another great world religion.’
    • ‘Would he stoop so low as to take the uncertain olive branch that the former Prime Minister offers?’
    • ‘She hopes Madame will accept that as some sort of olive branch and move on, but, oh no, of course not.’
    • ‘Wounded by what they consider an unpatriotic ambush, the Marines rejected the union's olive branch and secured an alternative parking lot.’
    • ‘She could reject his (questionable, I admit) olive branch, and stay chilly and resentful - which will only make the other woman seem more desirable.’
    • ‘So they offer the olive branch of further talks, and the prospect of a reorganised Champions League and Uefa Cup in a few years time.’
    • ‘A rawdon school seeking to move to a new site is holding out an olive branch to those who fiercely opposed the move.’
    • ‘Perhaps she's offering an olive branch to Edmonton dance audiences, already sensing the bitter taste that still lingers since the company moved down south in 1990.’
    • ‘But the council said it was ‘vindicated’ by the High Court ruling, even offering an olive branch to its adversaries.’
    • ‘The growing relationship between City and Chesterfield fans has also seen olive branches offered from Saltergate.’
    • ‘He has gone out his way to offer an olive branch, even inviting the mainland's chief cross-strait negotiator to his inauguration.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister offered union leaders an olive branch last week when he agreed they should establish a joint ‘forum’ to discuss public service reform, during a 75-minute meeting in Downing Street.’
    • ‘They offered an olive branch but the market doesn't really believe it.’

Origin

In allusion to the story of Noah in Gen. 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.

Pronunciation

olive branch