olive branch

ol·ive branch
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ol-iv branch, brahnch]
    • /ˈɒl ɪv bræntʃ, brɑntʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ol-iv branch, brahnch]
    • /ˈɒl ɪv bræntʃ, brɑntʃ/

Definitions of olive branch words

  • noun olive branch a branch of the olive tree as an emblem of peace. 1
  • noun olive branch any token of peace. 1
  • noun olive branch branch of olive tree: token of peace 1
  • countable noun olive branch If you offer an olive branch to someone, you say or do something in order to show that you want to end a disagreement or quarrel. 0
  • noun olive branch a branch of an olive tree used to symbolize peace 0
  • noun olive branch any offering of peace or conciliation 0

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Origin of olive branch

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325

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Parts of speech for Olive branch


olive branch popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

olive branch usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for olive branch

noun olive branch

  • ceasefire — A ceasefire is an arrangement in which countries or groups of people that are fighting each other agree to stop fighting.
  • cooling-off period — A cooling-off period is an agreed period of time during which two sides with opposing views try to resolve a dispute before taking any serious action.
  • deescalation — a decrease in scope, volume or extension.
  • irenics — the branch of theology dealing with the promotion of peace and conciliation among Christian churches. Compare polemics (def 2).

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