Main definitions of olive branch in English

: olive branch1Olive Branch2

olive branch1


  • 1The branch of an olive tree, traditionally regarded as a symbol of peace (in allusion to the story of Noah in Gen. 8:1, in which a dove returns with an olive branch after the Flood)

    • ‘He returned with an olive branch under the 1993 Oslo peace accords.’
    • ‘In the tale of Noah and his Ark, it is a dove carrying an olive branch that signals the end of the flood and that land is near.’
    • ‘The importance of the olive tree and the veneration which it has aroused since prehistoric times are widely attested, for example by the use of the olive branch as a symbol for peace.’
    • ‘Your mother, who likes to give me the impression that she has a degree in Peace Studies, and generally flies everywhere with an olive branch rammed in her beak, should be proud of me, but will probably laugh her head off when she sees it.’
    • ‘Don't let the olive branch fall from my hand.’
    • ‘However, how can we offer the olive branch, if they are the ones that are attacking us?’
    • ‘In 1974, he famously stood at the UN General Assembly with a gun in one hand and an olive branch in the other - the gun to protect the olive branch, he said.’
    • ‘Like our fathers and grandfathers who fought and died to liberate the world from Nazism and Fascism and Communism, the cluster of arrows to defend our freedom and the olive branch of peace have now been handed to us.’
    • ‘The olive branch is more proactive than the dove because it represents human interaction.’
    • ‘A white dove and a green olive branch adorned the violet silk banner hoisted by the Worthing and Lancing branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.’
    • ‘Stemming from the Judeo-Christian tradition, a dove and olive branch stands for the hope of peace for the future.’
    • ‘Behind, the fierce, all-powerful figure is not the Spirit of War but the angel of peace, carrying an olive branch.’
    • ‘But when it came to a ‘family photo’ of the EU leaders holding olive branches in front of a giant dove of peace, he ducked out and left early.’
    • ‘An olive branch is still the symbol of peace, probably because it brings to mind Noah's Ark.’
    • ‘Peace is the only answer, the dove, the olive branch, the white flag, all of it.’
    • ‘In 1994, in a speech to the United Nations, he waved a leafy branch above his head: ‘I come bearing an olive branch in one hand’ he said.’
    • ‘The olive branch is recognized as a symbol of peace and freedom.’
    • ‘Atop the arch stood a fourteen-foot-tall statue of Peace holding a wreath in one hand and an olive branch in the other.’
    • ‘Princes of Canaan, I bear you high to the mountains of the Lord and grant you the fragrant olive branch as a symbol of hope and peace.’
    • ‘Standing beside her, the largest head belongs to the white dove, holding an olive branch in its mouth and sporting 5-foot wings.’
    1. 1.1 An offer of reconciliation.
      ‘the government is holding out an olive branch to the demonstrators’
      • ‘Angry commuters rallying for extra parking spaces at Salisbury railway station were offered an olive branch this week.’
      • ‘Would he stoop so low as to take the uncertain olive branch that the former Prime Minister offers?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the council said it was ‘vindicated’ by the High Court ruling, even offering an olive branch to its adversaries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has gone out his way to offer an olive branch, even inviting the mainland's chief cross-strait negotiator to his inauguration.’
      • ‘The growing relationship between City and Chesterfield fans has also seen olive branches offered from Saltergate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She hopes Madame will accept that as some sort of olive branch and move on, but, oh no, of course not.’
      • ‘She could reject his (questionable, I admit) olive branch, and stay chilly and resentful - which will only make the other woman seem more desirable.’
      • ‘A rawdon school seeking to move to a new site is holding out an olive branch to those who fiercely opposed the move.’
      • ‘Wounded by what they consider an unpatriotic ambush, the Marines rejected the union's olive branch and secured an alternative parking lot.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘While forgiveness might be good for the soul, it needs both sides to proffer that olive branch, and that is not really happening.’


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.


olive branch

/ˈɑləv bræntʃ/

Main definitions of olive branch in English

: olive branch1Olive Branch2

Olive Branch2

proper noun

  • A city in northern Mississippi, just south of the Tennessee border; population 31,830 (est. 2008)