- the subacid, juicy, drupaceous fruit of a tree, Prunus persica, of the rose family.
- the tree itself, cultivated in temperate climates.
- a light pinkish yellow, as of a peach.
- Informal. a person or thing that is especially attractive, liked, or enjoyed.
- made or cooked with peaches or a flavor like that of a peach: peach pie.
- of the color peach.
Origin of peach1
- to inform against an accomplice or associate.
- to inform against; betray.
Origin of peach2
Related Wordsglowing, rose-colored, gratifying, satisfying, enjoyable, acceptable, delightful, pleasant, mild, delicious, epitome, exemplar, apotheosis, tomato, dish, bunny, talk, divulge, cantaloupe, bittersweet
Examples from the Web for peach
And then I remembered a name and said, ‘I want a peach melba.’Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82
October 21, 2014
In the Peach State, Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, appears to have scratched out a tentative lead.What Do Women Want? Not the GOP
September 8, 2014
There will be no Peach state Todd Akin after the disparate Tea Party strands in Georgia failed to produce a competitive candidate.Tea Party Flops in Georgia Senate Race
May 19, 2014
Sky and soft sunlight tint the snow blue, pink, lilac, peach.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed
Terry Greene Sterling
April 1, 2014
You still have to get a ball through a rim - even if a peach basket bottom no longer prevents it from dropping to the ground.Secret History of the First Dunk
February 15, 2014
He'll be all right, however; he's young, and healthy as a peach.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Where they trod it was as if peach pits were crushed beneath their feet.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
Where peach and nectarine trees are managed with this paint, they are very rarely either hide-bound or attacked by insects.
Sweeten it, and add some peach water, or a few bitter almonds; let it boil up once, and put it into what forms you please.
Old apple and peach orchards are favorite places for Morels.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- a small rosaceous tree, Prunus persica, with pink flowers and rounded edible fruit: cultivated in temperate regionsSee also nectarine (def. 1)
- the soft juicy fruit of this tree, which has a downy reddish-yellow skin, yellowish-orange sweet flesh, and a single stoneSee also nectarine (def. 2)
- a pinkish-yellow to orange colour
- (as adjective)a peach dress
- informal a person or thing that is especially pleasing
- (intr except in obsolete uses) slang to inform against an accomplice
Word Origin and History for peach
c.1400 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pesche "peach, peach tree" (Old North French peske, Modern French pêche), and directly from Medieval Latin pesca, from Late Latin pessica, variant of persica "peach, peach tree," from Latin malum Persicum, literally "Persian apple," translating Greek Persikon malon, from Persis "Persia" (see Persian).
In ancient Greek Persikos could mean "Persian" or "the peach." The tree is native to China, but reached Europe via Persia. By 1663 William Penn observed peaches in cultivation on American plantations. Meaning "attractive woman" is attested from 1754; that of "good person" is from 1904. Peaches and cream in reference to a type of complexion is from 1901. Peach blossom as a color is from 1702. Georgia has been the Peach State since 1939.
"to inform against," 1560s (earlier "to accuse, indict, bring to trial," mid-15c.), a shortening of appeach, an obsolete variant of impeach. Related: Peached; peaching.