[ pees ]
/ pis /



(used to express greeting or farewell or to request quietness or silence).

verb (used without object), peaced, peac·ing.

Obsolete. to be or become silent.


Origin of peace

1125–75; Middle English pes < Old French, variant of pais < Latin pax (stem pāc-); akin to pact
Related forms
Can be confusedpeace piece Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for at peace


/ (piːs) /



(intr) mainly obsolete to be or become silent or still

Word Origin for peace

C12: from Old French pais, from Latin pāx
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Word Origin and History for at peace


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Idioms and Phrases with at peace (1 of 2)

at peace

In a state of agreement or friendliness, not at strife or war; also, in a state of inner harmony or quiet. For example, Whatever their disagreements, Mexico and Belize have remained at peace, or In his last illness he seemed finally to be at peace with himself. [1300s]

Idioms and Phrases with at peace (2 of 2)


In addition to the idiom beginning with peace

  • peace and quiet

also see:

  • at peace
  • hold one's tongue (peace)
  • keep the peace
  • leave someone in peace
  • make one's peace with
  • make peace
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