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.

Nearby words

  1. peacekeeping,
  2. peacemaker,
  3. peacemaking,
  4. peacenik,
  5. peacetime,
  6. peach bark beetle,
  7. peach blossom,
  8. peach brandy,
  9. peach melba,
  10. peach palm

Origin of peach

1325–75; Middle English peche < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *pess(i)ca, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin Persicum, mālum Persicum peach, literally, Persian apple; compare Old English persoc, German Pfirsich, Dutch perzik peach, all ≪ Latin; cf. apricot

Related formspeach·like, adjective



verb (used without object)

to inform against an accomplice or associate.

verb (used with object)

to inform against; betray.

Origin of peach

1425–75; late Middle English peche, aphetic variant of Middle English apeche < Anglo-French apecher < Late Latin impedicāre to hold up. See impeach

Related formspeach·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peach




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)
  1. a pinkish-yellow to orange colour
  2. (as adjective)a peach dress
informal a person or thing that is especially pleasing

Word Origin for peach

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


(intr except in obsolete uses) slang to inform against an accomplice
Derived Formspeacher, noun

Word Origin for peach

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

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