[ pairz ]
/ pɛərz /


Peter,1910–86, British tenor.


[ pair ]
/ pɛər /


the edible fruit, typically rounded but elongated and growing smaller toward the stem, of a tree, Pyrus communis, of the rose family.
the tree itself.

Origin of pear

before 1000; Middle English pe(e)re, Old English peru < Late Latin pira, feminine singular use of plural of L of pirum (neuter) pear

Related formspear·like, adjective

Can be confusedpair pare payer pear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pears


/ (pɪəz) /


Sir Peter. 1910–86, British tenor, associated esp with the works of Benjamin Britten


/ (pɛə) /


a widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Pyrus communis, having white flowers and edible fruits
the sweet gritty-textured juicy fruit of this tree, which has a globular base and tapers towards the apex
the wood of this tree, used for making furniture
go pear-shaped informal to go wrongthe plan started to go pear-shaped

Word Origin for pear

Old English pere, ultimately from Latin pirum

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Word Origin and History for pears



Old English pere, peru "pear," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pere, Old High German pira, bira, Dutch peer), from Vulgar Latin *pera, variant of Latin pira, plural (taken for fem. singular) of pirum "pear," a loan word from an unknown source. It likely shares an origin with Greek apion "pear," apios "pear tree."

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