Definition of olive branch in English:

olive branch

noun

  • An offer of reconciliation.

    ‘the government is holding out an olive branch to the demonstrators’
    • ‘He has gone out his way to offer an olive branch, even inviting the mainland's chief cross-strait negotiator to his inauguration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He told them the party had offered an olive branch and reconciliation to Lucky after she introduced professional and personal integrity at their caucus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Angry commuters rallying for extra parking spaces at Salisbury railway station were offered an olive branch this week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wounded by what they consider an unpatriotic ambush, the Marines rejected the union's olive branch and secured an alternative parking lot.’
    • ‘She hopes Madame will accept that as some sort of olive branch and move on, but, oh no, of course not.’
    • ‘A rawdon school seeking to move to a new site is holding out an olive branch to those who fiercely opposed the move.’
    • ‘They offered an olive branch but the market doesn't really believe it.’
    • ‘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 growing relationship between City and Chesterfield fans has also seen olive branches offered from Saltergate.’
    • ‘She could reject his (questionable, I admit) olive branch, and stay chilly and resentful - which will only make the other woman seem more desirable.’
    • ‘While forgiveness might be good for the soul, it needs both sides to proffer that olive branch, and that is not really happening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the council said it was ‘vindicated’ by the High Court ruling, even offering an olive branch to its adversaries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Would he stoop so low as to take the uncertain olive branch that the former Prime Minister offers?’

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