[ 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.


/ ˈpiːsˌkiːpɪŋ /


    1. the maintenance of peace, esp the prevention of further fighting between hostile forces in an area
    2. ( as modifier )

      a UN peacekeeping force

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Derived Forms

  • ˈpeaceˌkeeper, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of peacekeeping1

First recorded in 1960–65; peace + keeping

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Example Sentences

In 2010, after an earthquake devastated Haiti, United Nations peacekeeping troops meant to provide support ended up causing a cholera epidemic in the country.

So far, civilian engagement has been high, the peacekeeping body says.

Artificial intelligence is helping to broker peacekeeping deals in war-torn countries, underscoring how the tech with a bad reputation can have a positive impact, too.

Now Sweden is a very different country committed to peacekeeping and international cooperation.

As someone who often discusses the value of peacekeeping in extended-family situations like this one, I hope you’ll trust me when I say this peace is not worth keeping.

Because of this, the peacekeeping forces have been blocking Muslims from leaving on envoys out of the country.

The United Nations peacekeeping force, MONUSCO, is the largest and best-funded in the world.

Bolotov also had called for Russia to deploy peacekeeping troops to eastern Ukraine.

The U.N. peacekeeping battalion of Indian soldiers fired warning shots, but failed to halt the angry mob.

Far from it, the continent had become a security “exporter,” contributing peacekeeping forces around the world.

Are there alternative or more effective ways and means to conduct these peacekeeping-related operations?

It is also true that certain operations such as peacekeeping tend to be manpower intensive.

They include the increasingly familiar peacemaking, peacekeeping, show of force, and humanitarian relief efforts.

Your joint resolution on the multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon is also serving the cause of peace.

Now the multinational peacekeeping force and our marines are helping them break their cycle of despair.