[ pees-kee-ping ]
/ ˈpisˌki pɪŋ /


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


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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peacekeeping


/ (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

Derived Forms

peacekeeper, noun
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