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  1. peel3.


[pey-ley, pey-ley]
  1. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, born 1940, Brazilian soccer player.


or pele

  1. a small fortified tower for residence or for use during an attack, common in the border counties of England and Scotland in the 16th century.

Origin of peel3

1250–1300; Middle English pele fortress < Anglo-French pel stockade, Middle French pel stake < Latin pālus stake. See pale2
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British Dictionary definitions for pele


  1. (tr) to remove (the skin, rind, outer covering, etc) of (a fruit, egg, etc)
  2. (intr) (of paint, etc) to be removed from a surface, esp through weathering
  3. (intr) (of a surface) to lose its outer covering of paint, etc esp through weathering
  4. (intr) (of a person or part of the body) to shed skin in flakes or (of skin) to be shed in flakes, esp as a result of sunburn
  5. croquet to put (another player's ball) through a hoop or hoops
  6. keep one's eyes peeled or keep one's eyes skinned to watch vigilantly
  1. the skin or rind of a fruit, etc
See also peel off

Word Origin

Old English pilian to strip off the outer layer, from Latin pilāre to make bald, from pilus a hair


  1. a long-handled shovel used by bakers for moving bread, in an oven

Word Origin

C14 pele, from Old French, from Latin pāla spade, from pangere to drive in; see palette


  1. (in Britain) a fortified tower of the 16th century on the borders between England and Scotland, built to withstand raids

Word Origin

C14 (fence made of stakes): from Old French piel stake, from Latin pālus; see pale ², paling


  1. John, real name John Robert Parker Ravenscroft . 1939–2004, British broadcaster; presented his influential Radio 1 music programme (1967–2004) and Radio 4's Home Truths (1998–2004)
  2. Sir Robert. 1788–1850, British statesman; Conservative prime minister (1834–35; 1841–46). As Home Secretary (1828–30) he founded the Metropolitan Police and in his second ministry carried through a series of free-trade budgets culminating in the repeal of the Corn Laws (1846), which split the Tory party
Derived FormsPeelite, noun


  1. real name Edson Arantes do Nascimento. born 1940, Brazilian footballer: scored 77 goals in 92 games for Brazil (1957–71) and was in the teams that won the World Cup in 1958, 1962, and 1970; awarded an honorary knighthood in 1997
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Word Origin and History for pele



"to strip off," developed from Old English pilian "to peel, skin, decorticate, strip the skin or ring," and Old French pillier, both from Latin pilare "to strip of hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). Probably also influenced by Latin pellis "skin, hide." Related: Peeled; peeling. Figurative expression keep (one's) eyes peeled be observant, be on the alert" is from 1853, American English.



"shovel-shaped instrument" used by bakers, etc., c.1400, from Old French pele (Modern French pelle) "shovel," from Latin pala "spade, shovel, baker's peel," of unknown origin.



piece of rind or skin, 1580s, from earlier pill, pile (late 14c.), from peel (v.)).

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