- Peter,1910–86, British tenor.
- the edible fruit, typically rounded but elongated and growing smaller toward the stem, of a tree, Pyrus communis, of the rose family.
- the tree itself.
Origin of pear
Examples from the Web for pears
For dessert, many different kinds of fruits (Fuji apples, Korean pears, persimmons) are piled onto one another and served.A Korean New Year's Day Menu
February 10, 2011
Pears are some of the best fruits of the whole year, and they only come around in the fall.What to Eat
September 29, 2009
Based on Pinot Noir, it gives rich berry aromas alongside brioche, quince, and pears.The Official Beverage of France
August 4, 2009
Winter pears, however, may be stored, for they keep like apples.
Pears are most valuable when they are canned and used for sauce.
Why, Napoleon, you did not dare to even touch the pears of your uncle the canon.The Boy Life of Napoleon
The skin of the pears should he taken off, but the stems left on.
Pears, apricots, and egg plums may also be done in this manner.
- Sir Peter. 1910–86, British tenor, associated esp with the works of Benjamin Britten
- a widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Pyrus communis, having white flowers and edible fruits
- the sweet gritty-textured juicy fruit of this tree, which has a globular base and tapers towards the apex
- the wood of this tree, used for making furniture
- go pear-shaped informal to go wrongthe plan started to go pear-shaped
Word Origin and History for pears
Old English pere, peru "pear," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pere, Old High German pira, bira, Dutch peer), from Vulgar Latin *pera, variant of Latin pira, plural (taken for fem. singular) of pirum "pear," a loan word from an unknown source. It likely shares an origin with Greek apion "pear," apios "pear tree."