(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


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

Examples from the Web for peace

British Dictionary definitions for peace



  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


(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 peace


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Idioms and Phrases with 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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