Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A branch of an olive tree regarded as an emblem of peace.
  • noun An offer of peace.

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  • noun Used other than as an idiom: A branch of an olive tree.
  • noun Such a branch offered as an emblem of peace.
  • noun Any symbol of peace, or peace offering to an adversary to show good will and in the hope of securing peace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun something offered to an adversary in the hope of obtaining peace

Etymologies

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With reference to classical myth, where the olivebranch was a symbol of peace and prosperity, merging with Biblical allusion to Genesis 8:11, where a dove returns to Noah's ark as a sign that the Flood is subsiding.

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