[ pees-kee-ping ]

  1. the maintenance of international peace and security by the deployment of military forces in a particular area: the United Nations' efforts toward peacekeeping.

  2. an instance of this.

  1. for or pertaining to peacekeeping: peacekeeping forces.

Origin of peacekeeping

First recorded in 1960–65; peace + keeping Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use peacekeeping in a sentence

  • No nation with such a load on its shoulders could meet the competition of its peace keeping rivals for the world's trade.

    Behind the Mirrors | Clinton W. Gilbert

British Dictionary definitions for peacekeeping


/ (ˈpiːsˌkiːpɪŋ) /

    • the maintenance of peace, esp the prevention of further fighting between hostile forces in an area

    • (as modifier): a UN peacekeeping force

Derived forms of peacekeeping

  • peacekeeper, noun

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