peace

[pees]

noun

interjection

(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.

Nearby words

  1. peabody,
  2. peabody bird,
  3. peabody, elizabeth palmer,
  4. peabody, endicott,
  5. peabody, george,
  6. peace and quiet,
  7. peace corps,
  8. peace dividend,
  9. peace dove,
  10. peace offensive

Idioms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for keep the peace

peace

noun

  1. the state existing during the absence of war
  2. (as modifier)peace negotiations
(modifier) denoting a person or thing symbolizing support for international peacepeace women
(often capital) a treaty marking the end of a war
a state of harmony between people or groups; freedom from strife
law and order within a state; absence of violence or other disturbancea breach of the peace
absence of mental anxiety (often in the phrase peace of mind)
a state of stillness, silence, or serenity
at peace
  1. in a state of harmony or friendship
  2. in a state of serenity
  3. deadthe old lady is at peace now
hold one's peace or keep one's peace to keep silent
keep the peace to maintain or refrain from disturbing law and order
make one's peace with to become reconciled with
make peace to bring hostilities to an end

verb

(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 keep the peace

peace

n.
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Idioms and Phrases with keep the peace

keep the peace

Maintain public order; prevent strife. For example, President Clinton ordered troops to Bosnia to keep the peace. This expression dates from the 1400s and was originally used more in the first sense, that is, of police keeping public order. It gained extra currency in the second half of the 1900s when military forces were sent to diverse places—Lebanon, Haiti, Bosnia—to stop warring factions.

peace

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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