peach

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[ peech ]
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noun
  1. the subacid, juicy, drupaceous fruit of a tree, Prunus persica, of the rose family.

  2. the tree itself, cultivated in temperate climates.

  1. a light pinkish yellow, as of a peach.

  2. Informal. a person or thing that is especially attractive, liked, or enjoyed.

adjective
  1. made or cooked with peaches or a flavor like that of a peach: peach pie.

  2. of the color peach.

Origin of peach

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First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English peche, peoch, from Old French pesche, peske, from unrecorded Vulgar Latin pess(i)ca, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin Persicum, mālum Persicum “peach,” literally, “Persian apple,” translation of Greek mêlon persikón “peach (fruit)”

Other words from peach

  • peach·like, adjective

Words Nearby peach

Other definitions for peach (2 of 2)

peach2
[ peech ]

verb (used without object)
  1. to inform against an accomplice or associate.

verb (used with object)
  1. to inform against; betray.

Origin of peach

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First recorded in 1450–1500; late Middle English pechen, shortening of Middle English apechen, from Anglo-French apecher, from Late Latin impedicāre “to hold up, entangle”; see impeach

Other words from peach

  • peach·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for peach (1 of 2)

peach1

/ (piːtʃ) /


noun
  1. a small rosaceous tree, Prunus persica, with pink flowers and rounded edible fruit: cultivated in temperate regions: See also nectarine (def. 1)

  2. the soft juicy fruit of this tree, which has a downy reddish-yellow skin, yellowish-orange sweet flesh, and a single stone: See also nectarine (def. 2)

    • a pinkish-yellow to orange colour

    • (as adjective): a peach dress

  1. informal a person or thing that is especially pleasing

Origin of peach

1
C14 peche, from Old French, from Medieval Latin persica, from Latin Persicum mālum Persian apple

British Dictionary definitions for peach (2 of 2)

peach2

/ (piːtʃ) /


verb
  1. (intr except in obsolete uses) slang to inform against an accomplice

Origin of peach

2
C15: variant of earlier apeche, from French, from Late Latin impedicāre to entangle; see impeach

Derived forms of peach

  • peacher, noun

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